The early life and adventures of the adopted Moses in the court of Pharaoh are eschewed in the narrative, and instead the reader is taken to a momentous event in the early adulthood of Moses: he sees an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, and he intervenes by killing the Egyptian. The next day he intervenes again, but this time in a fight between two Hebrews, and one of the combatants makes a series of accusations that fill Moses with fear. Furthermore, the king of Egypt finds out about such matters, precipitating the flight of Moses from Egypt to the land of Midian. In this section of text there are a number of issues that develop the character of Moses and prepare the reader for forthcoming events.
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