Thursday, March 13, 2008

Moses' birthday

How is it to know God face to face?! Deuteronomy 34:10 says "And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face."
Today, the 7th of Adar, is the birthday of Moses. Moshe also died on this date, on Mount Nebo.
This picture of him is in the church of the monastery. I wonder why his tablet has "Shema Yisrael" written on it instead of the more often depicted Decalogue. Any ideas?
Here, at least, he has a halo instead of the horn that Jerome's mistranslation of KRN stuck on his head.


Musings said...

I'm getting an education. I didn't know that Moshe was Hebrew for Moses. How wonderful that we were on Mount Nebo recently. It was a rather surreal feeling to actually be there on Mt. Nebo looking out toward the Promise Land that he never got to see.

Rev Buck said...

"Hear O Israel" - Hmm Dina, since this is on the wall of the church maybe it recalls that Jesus (and presumably other rabbis by this time) considered the Shema to be the Greatest Commandment (Matt 22; Mark 12) and could even be said to sum up the Decalogue itself. The scribes agreed with Him when He said that the Shema along with Lev. 19:18 ("Love your neighbor as yourself") were the two most important, and that "all the Law and the Prophets hang upon these two." Just a thought, Rev