As we all have read and should have figured out by now (if you didn’t already know), Moses is a central character in the Old Testament, and a main character in the Torah/ early books of the Bible. He is essentially God’s ‘Chosen One’, God’s specific messenger and mediator, selected to carry out God’s tasks. My research paper will focus on Moses, his behaviors, his interactions with God and other people, and attempt to answer the question of why he was God’s ‘Chosen One’.
Any character in the Old Testament could have been selected by God to be His messenger, not just Moses. The question of “Why Moses?” has been asked for many years, and I will bring this question to the forefront and try to answer it. It has been presented multiple times that Moses was not the best public speaker, that he was uncomfortable talking to others, and that he could have had a speech impediment. This just adds “fuel to the fire” to the question of why God chose Moses as His select one.
Moses’ interactions with God and other people are very numerous, so Biblical sources are prevalent. From the Egyptian plagues involving God and Pharaoh, to the 10 Commandments, to the burning bush, to the Golden Calf scenario, and the massive task of the Tabernacle, there are plenty of Biblical texts applicable to this essay. I have not yet fully decided which of these verses and scenes I am going to incorporate into my essay, but I know where they are all located in the Old Testament.
As far as outside sources go, there are numerous scholars who have studied this topic. One specific document I found relates Moses receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai to the relevancy of the Torah and its applicability as time goes on. I think this would qualify as a good source, and I could also incorporate the Biblical text of Moses on Mount Sinai to support it as well.
Freud’s Moses and Monotheism could also be used as a source. Interactions with other people, including Pharaoh, and Moses’ speech problems are all discussed in this book. I do not think it would be very difficult to choose a short passage or two from this work and incorporate it into my research project.
Other questions that could potentially be answered in the essay are: In what different ways is Moses used by God? Why did God and God’s people need Moses? What would have happened if Moses had not have done what he did? What if God had chosen someone else?
Obviously this topic can get very deep and opinionated, but I plan on presenting the sources as they are and remaining neutral, trying to avoid doctrinal arguments and not cross religious and denominational borders. Any input on how to do this would be appreciated. Also, input on other potential sources and which specific events to focus on between interactions with Moses and God and other people, as well as Moses’ actions would help me out. Thanks in advance.