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Moses, (Hebrew: Moshe) Hebrew liberator, leader, lawgiver, prophet, and historian.

Moses probably lived in the thirteenth and early part of the twelfth century BCE, led the Israelites out of Egypt. The greater part of his life-history is preserved in the Torah (five books of Moses, Pentateuch).

Moses is traditionally regarded as the author of the Torah, known as the Books of Moses, but this idea is rejected by most biblical scholars (see JEDP_theory).

There is a wealth of stories and additional information about Moses in the Jewish genre of rabbinical exegesis known as Midrash.

See also: Aaron, Biblical figures