I'm trying to write a timeline of Moses's greatest achievements and this is all I haven't found so far. If you know what the two ages of Moses are in relation to these two events, please let me know, that would be great!


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According to the Bible, in Exodus 7:7 it states:

And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.

Therefore, Moses was at least 80 years old at the red Sea and at Sinai when he received the 10 Commandments from the LORD. To be a bit more specific, it took about 2 months to reach Sinai, but they spent 2 years at Sinai according to Numbers 10:11:

Now it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle of the Testimony.

So Moses was 80 or 81 years of age when he reached Sinai and 82 to 83 years of age when they left.


Moses was 40 when he fled Egypt, 80 when he parted the Red Sea and 120 when God took him away. (Reference) https://www.bibletimelines.com/timelines/moses--the-exodus-timeline


GOD wrote the first set of tables. Exodus 32:15-16 reads: And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

However, Moses did in fact write them the second time, after the first two were broken in Exodus 32:19. Exodus 34:27-28 reads: And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

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Although it is now widely accepted by scholars that Moses does not exist, I will take the question to mean:

How old was Moses, according to the Bible, when he parted the red sea (or reed sea), and how old was he when he wrote the ten commandments?

An important point, is that Moses did not write the ten commandments, according to the Bible. God wrote it by Himself.

According to the Bible, when he was 80 years old, he started leading the Israelites out of Egypt, parting the red sea, also receiving the ten commandments.

However, the 80 is an approximation (his life is divided into three stages of 40 years), so you can just take it as around 80.

From http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Moses.html:

Moses’ life is generally broken down into three 40-year periods. The first is his life in the court of pharaoh. As the adopted son of pharaoh’s daughter, Moses would have had all the perks and privileges of a prince of Egypt. [...] [T]the next chapter in Moses’ life, [is] his 40 years in the land of Midian. During this time, Moses learned the simple life of a shepherd, a husband, and a father. [...] [T]he Bible doesn’t spend a lot of time on the details of this part of Moses’ life[.] [...] The third and final chapter in Moses’ life is the chapter that Scripture spends the most time chronicling, namely, his role in the redemption of Israel.

  • Thank you so much and what I meant by Moses writing the ten commandments I meant he wrote them down not he created them but thanks heaps Apr 3, 2016 at 6:46
  • It is also widely accepted that the Torah was not written by Moses either. I was assuming the whole question to be in the context of the Torah, but the Torah does not say that Moses wrote the Torah either.
    – Kenny Lau
    Apr 3, 2016 at 6:47
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    "Although it is now widely accepted that Moses does not exist" Eh, probably a lot less widely than you think. Maybe within critical academia, but not nearly so much among regular Christians.
    – curiousdannii
    Apr 3, 2016 at 6:53
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    I don't believe Moses non-existence is generally accepted even within academia. Apr 3, 2016 at 15:36
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    The better scholars know their limitations. Of M. Noth (who, together with von Rad pioneered tradition-historical Pentateuchal scholarship in the 20th C. (i.e. the people allegedly making such claims)), from Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary: "Noth states explicitly that his conclusions about the Sinai tradition are 'not conclusive arguments' because one could speak only 'in terms of a certain probability.'"
    – Susan
    Apr 4, 2016 at 19:34

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