Moses

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Moses was, according to the Hebrew Bible, a religious leader, lawgiver, and prophet, to whom the authorship of the Torah is traditionally attributed. Also called Moshe Rabbenu in Hebrew, he is the most important prophet in Judaism, and is also considered an important prophet by Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, Rastafari, and many other faiths. Moses has also been an important symbol in American history, from the first settlers up until the present.

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  • The whole tawdry affair of Zimri and Cozbi, and the war of extermination that resulted from their tragic liaison, remains an especially ugly stain on biblical tapestry. “It defames, for no apparent reason, an otherwise unknown Israelite clan as well as a Midianite tribe,” observed Martin Noth, referring to the clan of Zimri and the tribe of Cozbi. Scholars agree that these passages are “a late element in the redaction of the Pentateuch” that was probably unknown to the older sources and was inserted into the biblical text in order to “legitimatize the descendants of Phinehas, in the face of any possible opposition, as the true heirs to ‘Aaronite’ privileges.”72 Even pious commentators who accepted the genocide of the Midianites as historical fact were stunned into embarrassed silence by the slaughter of innocents ordered by Moses himself.

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