Was Moses a Jew or Muslim and Who Did He Lead Out of Egypt?

When open my Bible to Exodus chapter 2, I read,

Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.” (Ex 2:1-10)

From this section of Scripture, it clearly states that Moses was from the tribe of Levi which makes him a Hebrew or Jew.  And when I read Exodus 12, I see numerous references to Moses and the people of Israel.  When Pharaoh told Moses to take his people out to worship his God, he said,

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And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead. Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said.  Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!” (Ex 12:30-32)

From these and other passages from the Bible, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Moses was a Jew and the people he led out of Egypt were Israelites, the descendants of Israel the descendant of Isaac the descendant of Abraham.

However, a Muslim professor has announced that Moses was a Muslim not a Jew and it was the Muslims he led out of Egypt, not the Israelites.  Dr. Omar Ja’ara, a lecturer and supposed authority on Israeli affairs at Al-Najah University in Nablus, West Bank recently told Palestinian Authority TV a different version of history than what the Bible teaches.

According to Ja’ara, the children of Israel were Muslims and when they conquered the Promised Land, that this was the first Palestinian liberation and establishment of Palestine.  He also said that it was not Joshua who led the people after Moses, rather it was Saul (Talut) who is also the same person who slew Goliath. In the interview, Ja’ara explained,

“We must make clear to the world that David in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to David in the Quran, Solomon in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to Solomon in the Quran, and neither is Saul or Joshua son of Nun [of the Bible]. We have a great leader, Saul, [in the Quran] who defeated the nation of giants and killed Goliath. This is a great Muslim victory. The Muslims of the Children of Israel went out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, and unfortunately, many researchers deny the Exodus of those oppressed people who were liberated by a great leader, like Moses the Muslim, the believing leader, the great Muslim, who was succeeded by Saul, the leader of these Muslims in liberating Palestine. This was the first Palestinian liberation through armed struggle to liberate Palestine from the nation of giants led by Goliath. This is our logic and this is our culture.”

Ja’ara is passionate about his interpretation of history which he is obviously trying to steal from the Jews.  It reminds me of how so many atheistic liberals have been trying to rewrite American history, stealing it away from Christianity.  They go to extremes to take out the parts of history they don’t like and replace it with their fiction and then do their best to sell it as the ‘new’ truth.

The Muslim world not only wants to take the land away from the Jews, but it seems that they are now trying to take away their history as well.  It’s not just the Jews Ja’ara is stealing history from but it’s also stealing history away from Christians.  And what Christians need to remember is that if just one item in the Bible is not true, then you can’t trust any of it.  Therefore, Dr Ja’ara’s revision of history should be seen as an assault on the Word of God, Judaism and Christianity.

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