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Mosaic Disability and Identity in Exodus 4:10; 6:12, 30

In: Biblical Interpretation
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Nyasha Junior University of Dayton

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Jeremy Schipper Temple University

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Abstract

In the book of Exodus, Moses describes himself as having a speech difficulty at three different points (4:10; 6:12, 30). These descriptions occur at points in the narrative in which his complex relationship to the Egyptians or Hebrews is at issue. Informed by the burgeoning field of disability studies, this article explores the construction of Moses' identity in the book of Exodus in order to show that his references to his disability provide more than simply an excuse to avoid his divine commission. While his disability may function as an excuse, Moses' emphasis on his disability allows him to circumvent questions about his group identity.

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