Fleeing Egypt after murdering an Egyptian,
Moses took refuge on the Sinai Peninsula. After defending
the daughters of Jethro, a Midianite, Moses went to live with
Jethro, marrying one of his daughters, Zipporah. During
the forty years that Moses spent among the Midianitish tribe, a
new pharaoh came to the Egyptian throne.
While tending his flock on a remote part of Mount Horeb, Moses
saw a bush that burned without being consumed. A voice
came from this bush, telling Moses that he was in the presence
of God. Moses was further told that he was being called
upon to lead the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt.
This story is told in the Book of Exodus, the second book of the
Hebrew Torah and of the Christian Old Testament. The story
of the flight of Moses and his quest to return is echoed in
ancient Egypt's Tale of Sinuhe, which dates as far back as the
twentieth century B.C.E. Click here