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Moses & God: The Confusion of Identity

“Come, make us a god who will go before us!” With these words the children of Israel appealed to Moses’ older brother Aaron when it appeared that Moses had got lost on the mountain.

The people demanded of Aaron a god to replace Moses. Even though in some translations we find the word “gods,” in the Hebrew Bible text the word is Elohim (אלהים). It is the same word for the one true God, as is found in the first verse of the Bible: “In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth.” Or did “gods” create the heavens and the earth? No! “…as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” (Exodus 32:1) Eight chapters previously,…