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Moses In The Kuran And In The Torah: A Comparison

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Many of us know Moses from The Bible, in the story of Exodus where he saved his Israelite people from enslavement in the Egyptian kingdom under the reign of a pharaoh. However, Moses appears in many other religious texts as well. For example he appears in the Islamic bible, The Quran and in the Torah. The story each book tells about Moses is fairly consistent, all books agree Moses freed the Israelites from Egypt into the promise land, thus to their freedom, however, there are few differences. Moses' significance in the Torah and the Quran may be looked at slightly different, though he is a key role in each book, he proves more influential in one than the other. With this essay I plan to compare the story of Moses in the Torah and in the Quran and decide in which book Moses' role was more significant.
According to the Quran, Moses was born in Egypt to a family of Israelites. During the time of his birth Egypt was under a great divide, this divide placed the Israelites in the bottom class and they were often cast as slaves. The pharaoh at the time, had enslaved the Israelite people and used them to build up his own kingdom. It is said the pharaoh had a dream and his soothsayers interpreted Pharaoh's dream as a vision from Ra. This vision predicted the downfall of his reign. They foresaw that a Israelite boy would grow up to be the cause of Pharaoh's fall and with that Pharaoh set out to kill all newborn baby boys throughout his kingdom. Guards and spies were sent throughout the kingdom in search of all newborn baby boys. Once attained the infants were killed in hopes of preventing the soothsayer's predictions.
The Quran states that God spoke to Moses' mother and told her to place her baby in a basket and send the child in the basket along the Nile River. This would protect him from being slaughtered by Pharaoh's men, so she did as was told to her by God. The Nile river carried baby Moses to the Pharaoh's palace. There the pharaoh's wife, Asiya, finds Moses in the basket and falls in love with him. She then insists to Pharaoh that they adopt the baby boy, reluctantly Pharaoh agrees. Asiya calls upon all her wet nurses to nurse baby Moses, however he will not take to any of them. Then, Moses' biological sister, whom had followed him on his journey through the Nile to the palace, suggests a woman that she knows could nurse Moses. Upon Asiya's request, Moses' sister, Miriam, returns with their mother. Instantly Moses is soothed in her arms and she is able to nurse him.
Moses grew up with all the support of Egypt behind him as Pharaoh's son. As an adult Moses came across an Egyptian and an Israelite fighting and struck the Egyptian resulting in the Egyptians death. Pharaoh had sentenced Moses to death, however Moses escaped the kingdom and fled to Midian. There he watered the flock of two women and was then invited to a feast with them. At the feast the father of the two women asked Moses to work for him for some eight to ten years in exchange for...

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