#86030. Asked by loominitsa. (Sep 18 07 1:45 PM)
Because St. Jerome translated the Hebrew term that probably means "ray of light" as "horn" when compiling his Latin Vulgate Bible, which was still the standard edition for Latin Christians in Michelangelo's time. Michelangelo followed what was then the official Church line, and there you have it.
"Michelangelo's Moses has horns because one of the biblical translations of "rays of light" became "horns" in Italian. Because of this mistranslation, depictions of Moses with horns has become somewhat commonplace."
The people of Israel traveled with Moses led by God through the wilderness for forty years and four books of the Old Testament (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy). Quotes taken from the English Standard Version.
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