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.
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.
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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.
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