Date of Award


Document Type

Seminar Paper

Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Timothy Saleska

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Exodus 3:10; Exodus 4:12; Exodus 3:14, 15; Exodus 4:14-16; Exodus 6:2-7:7; Exodus 6:14-2; Exodus 7:1-2; Exodus 6:12; Exodus 11:1; Exodus 8:21-2; Exodus 10:8-11; Exodus 15:22-25; Exodus 17:4; Exodus 16:8; Exodus 18:13; Exodus 18:18-24; Exodus 20:18-21; Exodus 24:3-8; Exodus 19:18; Exodus 19:20; Exodus 17:9; Exodus 34:5; Exodus 34:32; Exodus 34:6; Exodus 34:28; Exodus 19:19; Exodus 33:11; Exodus 34:34ff; Exodus 25:22; Exodus 40:35; Exodus 34:22; Exodus 40:15;


What about different portraits of Moses? What can be said about how Moses is portrayed in the book of Exodus? How does that compare with modern retellings of the life of this great man of God? We will explore some of these issues here. We will begin with modern critical approaches to the text of Exodus. These approaches yield a certain picture or pictures of the man called Moses. Then the text of Exodus as it stands in the canon will be examined. It will yield its own portrayal of Moses. It will be argued here that the portrait of Moses is so broad that he can only be characterized as the "servant of Yahweh." Once the examination of the evidence in the text is completed, different "biographies" of Moses will be considered. Conclusions regarding an "historical" Moses will be examined. Finally, the film The Prince of Egypt will be examined in light of the results of this study.

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