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Moses

Born: c. 1392 BC
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: c. 1272 BC
Location of death: Moab, Syria
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion

Nationality: Ancient Israel
Executive summary: Ten Commandments

Moses is remembered as the lawgiver of Judaism, and is considered a prophet of Bahá'í, Christianity, and Islam. As recounted in scriptures, he was born as the Pharaoh decreed death for all newborn male Hebrew children. Cast adrift in the Nile by his mother, he was found by the Pharaoh's daughter and adopted into the royal family.

In adulthood he is believed to have been called by God through the miracle of the burning bush. Moses demanded that the Pharaoh free the slaves, brought ten plagues upon Egypt, led the Jews out of slavery and into forty years of wandering in the wilderness, and brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai. He offered additional edicts in what is called "The Book of the Covenant" (recounted in Exodus 21-23) and he is generally acknowledged as the author of the Torah (the first five books of the Christian Bible), although Moses' death is recounted in the fifth book, Deuteronomy. After leading his Levi tribe to the edge of the Promised Land, he was not allowed to enter Canaan -- punishment for an earlier moment of disobedience to God. Instead, according to the scriptures, he died in Moab at the age of 120.

Father: Amram
Mother: Yochebed
Brother: Aaron
Sister: Miriam
Wife: Zipporah
Son: Eliezer
Son: Gershom

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