Moses

The stories of Moses, his time in Egypt, and his time with the Israelites in the Wilderness of Wandering, are described in great detail in the Quran. Moses is mentioned by name far more than any other person in the Quran, and the stories associated with him take up a good portion of the stories of the prophets in the Quran.

The Quran does not describe the death of Moses but Muslim exegetes relate different traditions regarding his death and the death of his brother Aaron. Later Muslim traditioin identifies a number of locations with the tomb of Moses. The main locations include sites on both banks of the Jordan river and a location in the city of Damascus. Some Christian and Jewish traditions assert that Moses did not die but ascended into heaven after looking upon the Holy Land which he was not allowed to enter.

 

Christian church and shrine atop Mount Nebo (Jabal Nebo) in the mountains on the east side of the Jordan Valley opposite the city of Jericho. The site is also reverred by Muslims as one of the possible places for the tomb of Moses, also known as the "Red Mound" [Ar. al-kathib al-ahmar].

 

Bibliography on Moses

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