An Outline of the Life of Moses…

…and the life of Jesus.

  • born at a time when the ruler of the land (Pharaoh) is trying to kill him.
     

  • given a symbolic name (author equates Moses with Mosheh, "I drew him out of the water.")
     

  • flees Egypt after killing an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew, so he must first go back to Egypt,

  • where he is initially rejected by the people to whom he is sent, then leads the Hebrews out of Egypt to freedom.

  • institutes the Passover, a sacred meal involving the sacrifice of a lamb.
     

  • able to control the sea, and he leads the Israelites through the Red Sea.
     

  • ascends Mt. Sinai (spends 40 days there) to receive the law from Yahweh.
     

  • ratifies the covenant with Yahweh by sprinkling the "blood of the covenant" (a sacrificed animal) on the people.
     

  • He and the Israelites (referred to as "Sons of God") wander in the wilderness for 40 years, tested by Yahweh (including being tested by hunger).


  • feeds the multitudes in the wilderness by miraculously calling down manna ("bread") from heaven.

  • His successor, Joshua, fulfills Yahweh's covenant by leading the Hebrews into the Promised Land after crossing over the Jordan River.

  • born at a time when the ruler of the land  (Herod the Great) is trying to kill him.
     

  • given a symbolic name (Jesus/Yeshua, "Yahweh saves").

  • His family flees to Egypt to avoid Herod, so Jesus must come out of Egypt to fulfill his mission.


  • He is initially rejected by those to whom he is sent (incl. a rejection in his hometown of Nazareth), but his death is the result of his rejection by ...
     

  • Reinterprets Passover at the Last Supper, with himself as the sacrifice.
     

  • Calms the seas, walks on water, passes through the Jordan at his baptism.
     

  • Delivers the Sermon on the Mount, reinterpreting the Mosaic Law.
     

  • Calls the wine at the Last Supper/Passover his "blood of the covenant," and shares it with disciples.


  • Called 'son of God' at his baptism/ transfiguration/death, and is tested by Satan in the wilderness for 40 days/nights, including being tested by hunger.

  • feeds a multitude of followers in the wilderness by miraculously multiplying loaves of bread.


  • baptized by John the Baptist by crossing over the Jordan River.