Exodus 34:30

Hebrew Bible

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. 32 After this all the Israelites approached, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken to him on Mount Sinai.

1 Enoch 106:5


4 And thereupon he arose in the hands of the midwife, opened his mouth, and †conversed with† the Lord of righteousness. 5 And his father Lamech was afraid of him and fled, and came to his father Methuselah. 6 And he said unto him: 'I have begotten a strange son, diverse from and unlike man, and resembling the sons of the God of heaven; and his nature is different and he is not like us, and his eyes are as the rays of the sun, and his countenance is glorious. 7 And it seems to me that he is not sprung from me but from the angels, and I fear that in his days a wonder may be wrought on the earth.

 Notes and References

"... Radiance beyond that of the sun is also ascribed to Moses and Elijah, who appear in a modified account of the Transfiguration (Apocalypse of Peter 15:6-7). Moreover, the Greek Apocalypse of Peter presents the two as having bodies whiter than any snow and redder than any rose with hair curled and charmingly coiffed. We recall that an almost exact description is given to Noah, whose unusual appearance arouses among the patriarch suspicions of angelic paternity (1 Enoch 106:12, for example). In 1 Enoch 106:5, the infant’s countenance is brighter than the sun, his body whiter than snow, and redder than a rose; his hair is thick and like wool (1 Enoch 106:2-3; 10) Though the narrative contexts differ, the description of the heroes assuming features of angelic and divine beings is striking and deserves further examination ..."

Bautch, Kelley Coblentz "Peter and the Patriarch: A Confluence of Traditions?" in Arbel, Daphna V. and Andrei A. Orlov (eds.) With Letters of Light: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Jewish Apocalypticism, Magic, and Mysticism (pp. 13-27) De Gruyter, 2011

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