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A dry passage, miraculously opened by him for this purpose at a point today unknown, afterwards proves a fatal trap for a body of Egyptian pursuers, organized by Pharaoh and possibly under his leadership.The event furnishes the theme of the thrilling canticle of Moses.
The Bible furnishes the chief authentic account of this luminous life.Sephora saves her "bloody spouse", and appeases God by circumcising a son. The first interview of the brothers with their compatriots is most encouraging, but not so with the despotic sovereign.Asked to allow the Hebrews three days' respite for sacrifices in the wilderness, the angry monarch not only refuses, but he ridicules their God, and then effectually embitters the Hebrews' minds against their new chiefs as well as against himself, by denying them the necessary straw for exorbitant daily exactions in brick making.Pharaoh softens at times but never sufficiently to meet the demands of Moses without restrictions.He treasures too highly the Hebrew labour for his public works. The Hebrews, forewarned by Moses, celebrate the first Pasch or Phase with their loins girt, their shoes on their feet, and staves in their hands, ready for rapid escape.