The Education of Moses

by Patrick Henry Reardon

Saint Stephen, in the discourse that led to his martyrdom, condensed what the Bible tells us of the education of Moses: “He was instructed (epaideuthe) in all the wisdom (pase sophia) of the Egyptians” (Acts 7:22).

Although offended by most of what Stephen declared on that occasion, probably none of his listeners quibbled with the comment about Moses’ education. Many Jews—perhaps most—agreed that when the child Moses was taken into Egypt’s royal household (Ex. 2:10), he entered a world where the pursuit of learning was famously rigorous.

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).

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