Old Testament

The Pentateuch

What was Moses like as a child?

The Bible does not address his childhood. If Moses was treated like other children growing up in Pharaoh’s court, he was educated. The Bible says he had the appearance of an Egyptian. (Exodus 2:19) Well-to-do Egyptian men during that time wore light linen tunics, and kept their facial hair shaved. Some Egyptian men shaved their heads as well. Elaborate wigs were popular.

The Bible picks up the thread of Moses’ life when he was grown. The first recorded action of his adulthood is murder. Whether Moses was aware of his Israelite lineage growing up or he became aware of it as an adult is unclear. One day, he went out to the Israelites, and saw how they were enslaved. He saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite. Then “he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.” (KJV, Exodus 2:12)


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