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Word Smith: Holy Moses

Interjection in English

holy Moses

  1. (mildly blasphemous) expression of surpriseoutragedisgust, etc.

Synonyms

  • For semantic relationships of this term, see wow in the Thesaurus.

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Addressing the people of Israel, Moses had prophesied:

“A profit like me will the Lord your God, raise up for you from among your own kinsmen; to him you shall listen.” (Dt 18:15)

The Evangelists, especially Matthew, were keen to underscore the fact that Jesus was truly the new Moses whose coming had been foretold by Moses himself. Pierre-Marie Dumont [1] writes about Jesus as the new Moses. As you can see from the following recitation, the similarities are striking:

  • Moses and Jesus were both born during the reign of an iniquitous king; both escaped a massacre of infants; both fasted for forty days in the desert before undertaking their mission.
  • As a first sign, Moses transformed water into blood; Jesus changed water into wine, the sign of his blood poured out for us.
  • Moses established twelve leaders of Israel and seventy elders; Jesus chose twelve Apostles and seventy disciples.
  • Moses received the Law on a mountain; Jesus proclaimed the new and eternal Law on a mountain. Moses fed his people with manna; Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.
  • Moses liberated the Hebrews from slavery; Jesus freed humanity from sin.
  • Moses victoriously crossed the Red Sea with all of his people; Jesus victoriously crossed through death with all humanity.

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References:

[1] Dumont, Pierre-Marie, “Jesus, the New Moses,” in The Magnificat Vol. 16, No. 13, March 2018.

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