Who was Moses and what was The Promised Land? How does this affect modern Israel? Can anyone explain this stuff to me? I don't know anythng about it and don't know where to start. Thx

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Read the book of Exodus in the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible). The Hebrew people were living in Egypt, and the pharaoh was concerned that their population was becoming so large that they might become a threat to the Egyptian people. So pharaoh instituted population control--by killing every male child under the age of 2.

One mother tried desperately to hide her infant son, but when she could not hide him any longer, she put him in a reed basket (called an ark) and set it afloat on the Nile. Fortunately, pharaoh's sister found the baby in the basket and decided to raise him as her own son. She named him Moses.

While Moses was growing up in the royal palace, the Hebrew people were oppressed and forced into building what Exodus calls the store cities of Pi-Rameses and Pithom (not the pyramids, as some people claim).  They longed for the day when a great leader would arise to deliver them from their bondage (most historians say they weren't slaves, but they were forced into doing labor). This leader would take them out of Egypt into a new, promised land, "flowing with milk and honey."

Read the rest of the story in the book of Exodus. As you might guess, Moses turned out to be that great leader who set the people free. The Promised Land was the land of Canaan, which was the original homeland of the Hebrew people. When they finally returned, they renamed the land Israel.

The connection with today is that the land promised to Moses is modern-day Israel.