A curious feature of medieval and renaissance depictions of Moses is that quite a few paintings and sculptures imagine him as horned. Indeed he looks a lot like a Pagan horned god in many of them. Many scholars believe this was due to a mistranslation in the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Hebrew scriptures … Continue reading The Horned Moses in Medieval Art
People coming to the Old Testament for the first time often make the assumption that its laws were intended to be universal, for everyone. Such assumptions, however, are misguided, as they aren't always even applicable for Christians. Some laws were for everyone. An example comes from God's covenant with all people through Noah, recounted in … Continue reading Why the laws of Moses aren’t always for Christians
I think my favourite story about Moses would have to be the burning bush incident, where Moses first encounters God while shepherding sheep in the wilderness at mount Horeb. We are told that the angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in flames of fire from within a bush and that when he saw this … Continue reading What is your favourite story about Moses?
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. (Exodus 14:13)
Above is an illustration of Moses and the Ten Commandments by Barbara Goshu. If you like it you can check out more of her icon-influenced Christian art at her website. Here's her bio: "Barbara Goshu is a Polish national, educated in the medieval city of Krakow. She studied graphic arts, painting and sculpture at Krakow University′s Academy … Continue reading Moses and the Ten Commandments
Sometimes, when comparing the New Testament with the Old Testament, it is said that the God of the Old Testament is about wrath and judgement but the God of the New Testament is one of grace and love. Personally I find this way too simplistic. Not that I don't see a significant difference between the … Continue reading Moses or Jesus?
When the people saw that the holy fool was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around the respectable pastor and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this holy fool who brought us up out of slavery, we don't know what has happened to him." The respectable pastor answered them, "Take … Continue reading The Man with the Golden Gun
The Huffington Post makes the blunt suggestion that Moses has been more important to American History than Jesus. I am wondering what my American friends think of this? Cause, well, with the popularity of dispensationalist Christianity and manifest destiny over there, I gotta say, from this side of the pond the suggestion holds some resonance. So, … Continue reading Moses has been more important to American history than Jesus?
You know, saying that the New Testament trumps the Old Testament is just another way of saying that Jesus is more authoritative than Moses, which is spelled out quite explicitly in the letter to the Hebrews. Consider these verses: In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in … Continue reading Jesus more authoritative than Moses