Abandonment of Moses in the Nile by Nicolas Poussin

Abandonment of Moses in the Nile by Nicolas Poussin

The book of Exodus relates that Moses’ parents belonged to the tribe of Levi. Moses was born in Egypt in the reign of Pharaoh, who “did not know Joseph,” who was the first nobleman under his predecessor.

The governor questioned the loyalty to Egypt of the descendants of Joseph and his brothers and turned the Israelites into slaves. But the hard labor did not reduce the number of Jews, and Pharaoh ordered that all male newborn Jewish babies be drowned in the Nile. At that time, the son of Moses was born in the family of Amram.

Moses’ mother Jochebed managed to hide the baby at home for three months. No longer able to hide him, she left the baby in a basket in the reed beds on the banks of the Nile, where he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, who had come there for swimming.

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