Exodus 34:29

Hebrew Bible

28 So he was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights; he did not eat bread, and he did not drink water. He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. 29 Now when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand—when he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to approach him. 31 But Moses called to them, so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and Moses spoke to them.

Matthew 8:1

New Testament

1 After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2 And a leper approached and bowed low before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 He stretched out his hand and touched him saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not speak to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and bring the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

 Notes and References

"... Until the modern era, the transfiguration generally was read as a historical event, complete with three eyewitnesses—Peter, James and John, who were with Jesus on the mountain. Early in the nineteenth century, D. F. Strauss anticipated what would later become a widespread view in claiming that the Synoptic reports of the transfiguration cannot be explained in terms of natural phenomena (e.g., a lightning storm illuminated Jesus’ face, and a thunder clap was mistaken for the heavenly voice [see Spitta, 121-23]) and cannot be accepted as a supernatural event, but is better explained as a legendary account based on (while surpassing) the report of Moses’ luminous countenance in Exodus 34:29-35. Thus, for example, R. Miller recently concluded, “Even on its own terms, the story does not seem plausible” (R. Miller 1994, 246), and C. Moss has argued that Mark, in his transfiguration account, has created a collage of religious motifs drawing on Jewish and Greek religious traditions ..."

Green, J. B. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship (p. 966) InterVarsity Press, 2018

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