"I can't understand what you are saying. I'm sorry, I don't speak Egyptian. Do any of you speak Hebrew? No? How about Mosesish? Anyone? Oy Vey! I tell you what, I'll just take my people and go… okay?"
Moses to Pharaoh in their vaudeville act, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Desert…
Moses was a Hebrewian fiction writer, actor and lawgiver. He was perhaps best known for writing the first five volumes of the best-selling book, The Bible and for being the actor who played himself in the film version of The Bible, "The Bible: The Musical", and "The Bible II: Electric Boogaloo". Obsessed with letting his people go, he later exposed them to God and trapped them in the laws of religion for the rest of their lives.
Life before Fame
Moses was born into a Hebrew family, but was put up for adoption because laws against the bearing of male children had been passed after the Pharaoh had seen people washing their babies in the River Nile. (He thought that it was disgusting and wondered why they didn't use royal baths like he did.)
Baby Moses was sent to an adoption centre but didn't take to his new life. After years of causing much trouble at the adoption centre, he was finally adopted by a rich Egyptian family who thought that they could turn this young tearaway into a well-mannered young man.
The Death of a Slave
How they failed: Moses took drugs, stayed out all night sleeping with women and early morning swimming in the Nile. In an attempt to set Moses straight, a slave of the family tried to persuade Moses to stay in and do his homework.
Moses, being the good hearted young man that he was, killed the slave, giving him no other option but to flee in order to escape the law. However, as the Pharaoh's personal police force investigated the crime, it was revealed that the slave had been sleeping with one of Pharaoh's wives and would have been killed anyway. Pharaoh could have phoned Moses to tell him that he had been cleared of all charges, but Pharaoh didn't have Moses' number, probably because the phone didn't exist yet, let alone Moses having the time to register a number.
Moses fled to live in a youth hostel, where he stayed until the completion of the first five volumes of his book The Bible. The Bible was a choose your own adventure novel which told the tale of Moses and a divine Lord called God.
While it is commonly believed that Moses was the only writer of these volumes, there is evidence that he collaborated with his room mate, Hobab. The probable reason for Moses not including Hobab in the credits was that Hobab wanted 75% of the royalties, and if Moses didn't give it to him, he would burn the volumes at the sacrificial book burning.
The Film Version
Soon after Moses released the book onto the market, Steven Spielberg decided that he wanted to venture out and direct a musical based on The Bible. Moses played himself and was heavily criticised for this before the first performance. The idea was to have Moses play different personas of himself, basing them on the 10 plagues that plagued Egypt.
Here is an extract from the play:
Pharaoh: No, I'm not scared.
Moses: Oh. Right. Er... sorry to bother you, then...
Pharaoh: No problem mate.(The pharaoh had close ties with Steve Erwin.)
This was a part of Act IX where the plague was total darkness. This was in fact the shortest scene because the plague was very unsuccessful, mainly because people welcomed it with open arms. It just gave people extended night time, allowing them to sleep longer and stopped them from having to get up really early to work on that Pyramid in the boiling hot sun. It must have caused huge problems for the people of Egypt.
The Grand Finale
The Egyptians had been chasing the slaves for many days and to pass the Red Sea, Moses led his people around. The Egyptians, stunned by this feat of tactical brilliance, tried to go through the sea. They drowned.
The Musical was a complete success and allowed Moses to retire from back-breaking work and become a politician.
Life as a Politician
During his new job, he only needed to make one little decision: decide the laws that would govern all mankind for the rest of time. So he came upon to God, and the conversation was reported as follows.
Moses: Hey God.
God: You are to lead the Jews unto Israel and deliver upon them these sacred commandments to which I endow upon you!
Moses: Can I take a pass on that one?
Moses: Alright, alright! You're the boss, but can I expect a carefree life after this?
Moses: Ok, yeah, that'll work too.
The Real 10 Commandments
When God advised Moses on what the Ten Commandments should be, he was baffled.
- Thou shalt not go when the light is red.
- Thou shalt clean thine clothes using only the finest soap.
- Thou shalt never send on chain emails.
- Thou shalt not exist in more than one place at once; I find it confusing to follow you, and my secretary always gets the files mixed up.
- If thou decide to cheat on thine wife, make sure that you are bettering yourself.
- Thou shalt not take a piss and whipe thine eyes immediately after so you can get pinkeye and miss school.
- Thou shalt not write so slowly.
- Thou shalt only write upon stone tablets as paper damages the environment.
- Thou shalt believe in the one true God.
- Thou shalt ignore rule 9 when it is deemed politically incorrect.
It would have been impossible to have followers if he told them the real commandments, so he secretly changed them to the commandments we know and love today.
In order to change the commandments so that at least someone could live their lives by them, he crawled round the side of Mount Sinai so that he was out of view from his followers and said, "Right Moses, come on, think! If I can just get some harsh rules down, I can change them later... Ok got one, Thou shalt not steal, I'll definitely get rid of that one when we come to our destination... stealing will come in handy."
"Hear, oh Israel! The LORD, your god, has granted unto you these fifteen..."
"Oy... Ten! Ten Commandments! For all to obey!"
- 3 tablets long, describing how river management schemes imposed by different people cause trouble for other users and tourists are involved with the River Nile.
- Oh, and he ordered the 10 plagues of Egypt. But that isn't that important.
- To be fair, they weren't his people, but for better writing Spielberg decided to use "my" instead of "my Israelite slaves". Spielberg wasn't racist then.