Book Review : The Murder of Moses – How An Egyptian Magician Assassinated Moses, Stole His Identity, And Hijacked The Exodus


  • Authors:  Rand and Rose Flem-Ath
  • Publisher:  Bear & Co. (a division of Inner Traditions International) 2nd Edition, Revised Edition of Killing Moses (June 4, 2019)
  • Paperback, 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1591433363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591433361

The life of Moses, the greatest prophet of the Old Testament, has always been shrouded in mystery. The Bible mentions no witnesses to Moses’ death, no funeral, and no indication of his burial place, and the story of Exodus paints a very contradictory picture of this man so important to both Judaism and Christianity. At times, he is depicted as a meek, stuttering figure and at others his tyrannical commands and fits of rage terrorize the children of Israel. And, for the last years of his life, he chose to hide behind a veil. What is the explanation for these extreme shifts in character? Was Moses mentally ill? As Rand and Rose Flem-Ath reveal, the evidence points to something much more sinister: Moses was murdered and replaced by an impostor.

The result of a decade-long investigation, this book continues and builds upon the research of Goethe, Christopher Marlowe, and Sigmund Freud–who spent the last 40 years of his life obsessed with solving Moses’ murder–and reaches a startling but well-evidenced conclusion that Moses was deceived and murdered by his father-in-law, Reuel. The authors show how Reuel was a skilled magician trained at Egypt’s prestigious House of Life and they reveal his motive: He was the son of Esau, from whom Jacob stole his birthright, the leadership of the Hebrew people, a role that Moses was now assuming.

The authors explain how the magician Reuel used his sophisticated skills of manipulation and illusion to fake the Burning Bush that spoke to Moses as well as conceal his assumption of Moses’ identity after the murder. They reveal how the early scribes of the Old Testament inserted lags of time into the Exodus story to cover Moses’ assassination and replacement, fabricated Moses’ origin story, and changed the location of the “Mountain of God” from Edom, where Reuel was a prince, to Sinai.

Unveiling the enigma of Moses’ real story–and his murder and replacement–the Flem-Aths dramatically challenge the time line and details of biblical history, exposing a cover-up at the very origins of Western religion.


Another excellent offering from Bear & Co. (a division of Inner Traditions International), I can’t recommend this book enough!  I think this ‘review’ is going to be less of a review, and more gushing praise.

This book contains years of research, and gives convincing evidence of one of the greatest murder conspiracies and cover ups the world has ever seen.  I’m not going to go into detail, because it’s so well written, and the pacing is excellent, almost giving this book the feel of a great murder mystery you’d pick up in the fiction section of your local bookstore.  And like a good book of fiction, I can see myself reading this again for its entertainment value.  So I’m not going to spoil it by giving anything away.

Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting that this is a book of fiction, born from the wild imaginations of the authors.  I’m comparing the enjoyment I got from the unraveling of this mystery to the enjoyment I get from a fictional tale.  That in itself makes this book worth buying.

I can see how some people would think this conspiracy too complex to pull off without an understanding of Egyptian ‘magic’ and how adept they were at what we today would call stage illusion, and that these events take place over decades.  That fact can be easy to forget when such a long timeline is condensed into one book.

The only criticism I have with this book is that I find the ending (the time between when the Israelites leave the area around Petra, and when they find the promised land) to be a bit rushed.  But perhaps this is only because I don’t have enough familiarity with the Bible.  I would have liked a better understanding of the route the Israelites took, and related events, even though at this point of the exodus story, the main events the book set out to explain (I don’t want to say prove) have played themselves out, and everything that comes after really doesn’t have an impact on the murder of Moses theory.  It just would have wrapped things up nicely for me.

If you’ve come across this book and have wondered if it’s worth reading, I highly highly suggest you do so.  I don’t think you’d regret it.

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