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Baby in a Basket

This story can be found in Exodus chapter 2, and tells the story of the beginnings of Moses.

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Page 1

Pharaoh had decided to kill all the Hebrews' new-born baby boys.

A Hebrew family living near the palace were worried; Amran and his wife Jochebed were expecting another baby.

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Page 2

Jochebed tried to hide the baby everywhere but eventually she could do so no longer.

So she made a beautiful basket for him and laid it among the bulrushes at the side of the river.

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Page 3

The princess was bathing in the river and found the basket.

"What a beautiful baby", she said. "He must belong to a Hebrew".

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Page 4

Miriam, asked the princess, "Shall I find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby?"

The Princess agreed, so Miriam fetched her mother.

The baby was named Moses.

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Page 5

When Moses was older he went to live in the palace with the princess.

But he knew he was a Hebrew and that his own people were slaves to Pharaoh.

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Page 6

"Just give Moses a few more years to grow into a fine strong man", God thought to himself, "then he will lead the Hebrews - my special people - to freedom in the Promised Land".

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