"I Am That I Am"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 169

Context: God reveals Himself to Moses in a burning bush and discloses that Moses shall lead the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt. The descendants of Jacob, otherwise known as Israel, have become so numerous that Pharaoh, fearing their strength, enslaves them and orders their male babies killed. Moses, born of Hebrew parents, placed in an ark by his mother in the river where Pharaoh's daughter will see him, discovered by the princess and reared as a son in the palace, later has to seek refuge in Midian, after killing an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew man. At Mount Horeb in Midian, God speaks to Moses from the midst of a flaming bush, revealing that he shall deliver the Israelites from Pharaoh's persecution. Moses contends that the Hebrews will ask the name of this god who will rescue them:

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

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