Moses was tending the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law,
the priest of Midian.
He led the flock far into the wilderness
and came to Ḥorev, the mountain of Elohim.
The Angel of YHVH appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a
He gazed: the bush is blazing in fire
yet the bush is not consumed!
"The Angel of YHVH appeared to him in a flame of fire."
To Moses in a flame of fire, unlike other prophets.
Rabbi Judah said
"Moses was not like other prophets.
We have learned:
One who comes close to fire is burned.
Yet Moses came close to fire and was not burned,
as it is written:
'Moses approached the dense cloud where Elohim was'
'The Angel of YHVH appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a
Rabbi Abba said
"We should explore the nature of Moses in the light of wisdom.
Why is it written:
'She named him Moses, saying
"It means: I drew him out of the water" '?
One who has been drawn out of water has no fear of fire.
And it has been taught in the name of Rabbi Judah:
'From the place Moses was hewn, no other human was hewn.' "