Moses was an Israelite who grew up in the house of the Pharaoh. At the age of 40 he murdered a man who was beating a fellow Israelite and fled in shame to another land. After living there for 40 years, God appeared to him in a burning bush and called him to lead his people out of Egypt (Exodus 3-4). God brought ten horrific plagues upon the people of Egypt in order to finally convince Pharaoh to release the Israelites. God gave the Israelites his Law through Moses and entered into a covenant with them to be their God in the Promised Land. However, due to the Israelites’ sin, God caused them to wander in the desert for 40 years before finally bringing them into the Promised Land. At the edge of the Promised Land, Moses died after 40 faithful years of service.
Approximately 1526 BC to 1406 BC
Location in the Bible
Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
(also authored all four books along with Genesis)