Here’s another dose of apologetic schmaltz – the ‘baby Moses’ story. Warning – it’s pretty syrupy stuff, aimed at convincing kids that god is all warm lovey-dovey. Certainly doesn’t jive with the Moses we see in 2:11-12.
The SAB notes that the birth story of Moses is strikingly similar to that of Sargon, an Akkadian monarch from the 3rd millennium BCE, so I looked this up. The detail of the baby placed on a river in a basket of rushes and sealed with pitch is identical in both. This shouldn’t be surprising – most cultures adapt mythologies from surrounding peoples into their own folklore.
In ch 3 Moses talks to the burning bush. Seriously? What’s the first explanation that would come to mind if someone told you that they had talked to a burning bush. Yeah, me, too; and we’re not alone.