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PREFACE TO SON OF AMRAM

           

And again, the presence of the Lord appeared unto him, in a flame of fire in the midst of a bush; and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3:2 Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible

The word “again” in the above quote indicates Moses may have had multiple experiences in the Lord’s Presence before he arrived at the burning bush. Considering his reluctance to accept his call at the bush, the journey from Prince to Prophet may have been a slow and painful one. Moses of Avaris Part III Son of Amram and Part IV Son of Jethro detail that journey.

The Son of Amram presents the life of Moses from the time he was twelve until he fled Egypt. Exodus, except for the slaying of the taskmaster, is silent about this period, so I turned to Josephus, the Book of Jasher, and Egyptian history for material. The Book of Jasher gives the age of Moses as eighteen when he fled. I used this instead of the Biblical forty since “forty” is a figure of speech, not an exact number of years. However his exact age is not important except I feel he was much younger than forty when he fled.

Pharaoh Tut Moses II died when Moses was about thirteen years of age. He was succeeded by the child Tut Moses III with Queen Hatshepsut as regent. Just before Tut Moses III reached his majority, Hatshepsut pushed him aside and assumed the throne herself. Michael Scheifler’s article “The Hidden Moses” draws some interesting conclusions about this period of time. Pieces of “Son of Amram” are influenced by these conclusions.

The Book of Jasher and Josephus each relate an interesting tale that bear many similarities and differences. Because the differences outweigh the similarities they are treated as different incidents. In both cases, Moses led an army against a city in which the resident queen was a descendant of Ham. In both cases he married the queen.

However, Josephus dates the incident at the time when Moses was still in Egypt; while Jasher states it occurred after Moses fled that country. Josephus has the city in Ethiopia, south of Egypt and Jasher places it in Cush, east of Egypt (not to be confused with another Cush south of Egypt). The names of the queen are also different (also see Numbers 12:1).

One strong similarity is that in both cases the army of Moses was blocked by an area of many poisonous fiery serpents. Moses took care of this by releasing a flock of ibises who promptly ate the snakes. It should be noted that Egyptian mythology has stories of ibises eating flying poisonous serpents in mid air after the snakes had flown across the Red Sea from Arabia. Could they be the mythical cockatrice (cross between a rooster and serpent)? Isaiah mentions the beast several times and Jeremiah once. Isaiah states the fruit of the cockatrice is a “fiery flying serpent” (Isaiah 14:29). Could such a creature have existed? Could they be the same as the fiery serpents that invaded the camp of Israel in Numbers 21:6? Could they be the source of the feathered serpents in the mythology of ancient America?

The “Son of Amram” addresses Moses’ military campaign in Ethiopia while “Son of Jethro” includes his campaign in Cush.

The events surrounding Moses fleeing Egypt come from a combination of sources, including the Bible, the Book of Jasher, and Josephus.

Extract From Chapter 4

Extract From Chapter 7

Extract from Chapter 12

Extract from Chapter 22

Extract from Chapter 25

 

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