Synopsis by John Patrick Sheehan
This edition of Biography, the long running documentary series from A&E, explores the life of Moses. He remains a major character of Israelite history, portrayed in the Book of Exodus as the leader of the deliverance of Hebrew slaves from Egypt and the recipient of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai. In Exodus, stories about his early life depict his escape from death as an infant by being hidden in the bulrushes, his upbringing in the Egyptian court, his flight to Midian, and the divine call to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. The video also describes how Moses predicted a series of miraculous plagues designed to persuade the Pharaoh to release the Hebrews, as well as the Passover narrative and the miraculous escape led by Moses through the "sea of reeds". The historical importance of Moses is also explored describing Moses' leadership of the Israelites during their 40 years of wilderness wandering and his death before the Hebrews entered Canaan, the Promised Land. He was traditionally considered the author of the five books of the Law, the Pentateuch of the Hebrew Bible, but this is doubted by modern scholars. This, too, is examined in the documentary as differing views are looked at in hopes of shedding light on exactly what Moses had or had not written.