Moses. A great Hebrew prophet and legislator, and son of Amram of the Levitical tribe. Was born in Egypt, about 1570 B.C. In pursuance of a royal command that all male infants of Hebrew birth should be destroyed, Moses, to escape this fate, was laid in a basket among a clump of bulrushes on the banks of the Nile, and there discovered by the daughter of Pharaoh, who adopted him as her son. When arrived at manhood, Moses began to form plans for the deliverance of the Hebrews from bondage, but upon murdering an Egyptian who had been abusing a Hebrew slave, fled to Midian, where he served as a shepherd until his 80th year, when the Lord commanded him to guide the children of Israel out of captivity into the Land of Canaan. He accordingly conducted them through the Red Sea into the wilderness, and became their apostolic chief and law giver. After appointing Joshua as his successor, Moses died on Mount Pisgah, at the age of 120.