Many people know of the epic saga of Moses saving his people from slavery in Eygpt, but how did Moses' life begin?
A baby boy was born from the house of Levi, of the Hebrews, and was hidden for three months to avoid being slain by the Egyptians, as Pharoah has ordered the killing of every Hebrew son. When the baby could not be hidden any longer, his mother put him in a basket made of "bulrushes" and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.
The daughter of Pharoah came down to bathe at the river and saw the basket with the baby inside. She took pity on the baby and called it to be nursed and spared for Pharoah's order. When the child grew older, he became the son of Pharoah's daughter and was named Moses as she "drew him out of the water." Amazingly, this one spared Hebrew son would go on to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
Photo credit: Nicolas Poussin, The Finding of Moses, 1638. Oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre, Paris.