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His second son, Eliezer, is named in commemoration of his successful flight from Pharaoh.
The second of these kept watch by the river, and was instrumental in inducing Pharaoh's daughter, who rescued the child, to entrust him to a Hebrew nurse.
The one she designedly summoned for the charge was Jochabed, who, when her "son had grown up", delivered him to the princess.
For the line of march and topographical identifications along the route, see ISRAELITES, subsection The Exodus and the Wanderings .
The miraculous water obtained from the rock Horeb, and the supply of the quails and manna, bespeak the marvellous faith of the great leader.
He carries in his hand the "rod of God ", a symbol of the fearlessness with which he is to act in performing signs and wonders in the presence of a hardened, threatening monarch.
His confidence waxes strong, but he is uncircumcised, and God meets him on the way and fain would kill him.Diffidence at once gives way to faith and magnanimity.Moses bids adieu to Jethro (Raguel), and, with his family, starts for Egypt.The meeting with Jethro ends in an alliance with Madian, and the appointment of a corps of judges subordinate to Moses, to attend to minor decisions.At Sinai the Ten Commandments are promulgated, Moses is made mediator between God and the people, and, during two periods of forty days each, he remains in concealment on the mount, receiving from God the multifarious enactments, by the observance of which Israel is to be moulded into a theocratic nation (cf. On his first descent, he exhibits an all-consuming zeal for the purity of Divine worship, by causing to perish those who had indulged in the idolatrous orgies about the Golden Calf ; on his second, he inspires the deepest awe because his face is emblazoned with luminous horns.Rabbinical literature teems with legends touching every event of his marvellous career: taken singly, these popular tales are purely imaginative, yet, considered in their cumulative force, they vouch for the reality of a grand and illustrious personage, of strong character, high purpose, and noble achievement, so deep, true, and efficient in his religious convictions as to thrill and subdue the minds of an entire race for centuries after his death.