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The Devil and the body of Moses
Here is an illustration — Biblical or non-Biblical? — to expose the evil men against whom Jude writes. Michael the archangel, in disputation with the devil about the body of Moses, is content to leave the issue in God’s hands: “The Lord rebuke thee”.
Not Giving Heed to Jewish Fables: Michael, the Devil, and the Body of Moses
Jude 1:9 is difficult to understand on more than one count: it lends itself to supporting the idea of the devil as a person and seems to arbitrarily alter the words of Zechariah 3:2. The verse reads:
The Body of Moses
Yet Michael 1 the archangel 2, when contending with the devil 3 he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not 4 bring against him a railing accusation 5, but said, “The Lord rebuke thee” (Jude 1:9)
Jude, Balaam, Joshua and the Body of Moses
There appears to be little to support the article by W. C. Lambert in the September 1946 Testimony concerning “the Body of Moses”.
An article by P. E. White in the May 1945 Testimony claims that “Michael, one of the chief princes,” spoken of in Daniel 10:13, and “Michael your prince,” in Daniel 10:21, is the angel whose mission it is to champion the cause of the children of Israel.
Jude and the Book of Enoch
Our short article in the May issue (pp. 136-137), entitled “Michael,” attempted to controvert the theory that the “Michael” of Jude 1:9 was Moses; that the children of Israel were “the body of Moses”; and that Korah, Dathan and Abiram were “the devil” of Jude 1:9. We concluded the article with these words: “For ourselves, we are content to believe that Jude 1:9 refers to some incident, historical or traditional, of which we have no other record, but with which Jude’s readers would be familiar.”
The Epistle of Jude and the Body of Moses
On the death and burial of Moses, it is recorded: “So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth his sepulchre unto this day.” By Hebrew idiom, the “He” may be indefinite, as the English “one,” and so the phrase could be rendered “he was buried. . . .” However, in antiquity it was generally taken that “He” referred to the Lord, and that such a burial would account for the phenomenon of the unknown sepulchre. During the first few centuries A.D., an apocryphal book was extant which purported to give an account of the events connected with Moses’ death, and several writers of this period say that Jude refers to this book in his epistle. The book, or at least that part of it which is alleged to be connected with Jude’s epistle, is no longer extant; it was called The Assumption (or Ascension) of Moses. Here are ancient references to it.
The Body of Moses
Jude 1:9 — “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee”.
The Angels that Sinned: Slandering Celestial Beings
The subject of this booklet is the “angels that sinned” of 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6. The subtitle “slandering celestial beings” is taken from the following verses in 2 Peter 2:10 and Jude 1:8, where false teachers who were troubling the early church are condemned. To slander means to falsely accuse. The “angels that sinned” and those teachers who accused “celestial beings” (in other words, they falsely accused angels) are closely related. This booklet examines that relationship.