Why Moses portrayed with horns on his head

Why was Moses portrayed with horns on his head?

June 25, 2018

Many may have noticed that in ancient paintings, drawings, mosaics and even sculptures Moses is depicted with HORNS. He is everywhere, even with Michelangelo with horns.

How so? What is the reason?

Look at a few examples first:

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But actually the answer to this:

Michelangelo lived in Catholic Italy, and the Bible in which he could read about Moses is the so-called Vulgate - the Latin translation of the Bible by the authors of Blessed Jerome. Vulgate is a "revised and revised edition of the older translation - the Septuagint" - a collection of Old Testament translations into ancient Greek, made in the III-II centuries BC. er in Alexandria.

What is written about Moses in the Vulgate? This is what: Ex. 34: 29. “When Moses descended from Mount Sinai, and two tablets of revelation were in Moses’s hand as he descended from the mountain, Moses did not know that his face became horny because God spoke to him.”

"Сornuta esset facies sua"
In Russian "horny was his face"
For the sake of curiosity, we will look into the Hebrew text:
כי קרן אור פניו
Well, for those who, like me, do not read Hebrew
ky qrn ‘wr pnw
We are interested in the word qrn. The fact is that in the Semitic tradition vowels are not written

The word qrn can be read in several ways, in particular:
1) qeren - horn;
2) qeren - beam;
3) qaran - beamed, radiated, radiated

Thus the translation should be like this: Ex. 34: 29. “When Moses descended from Mount Sinai, and two tablets of revelation were in Moses’s hand as he descended from the mountain, Moses did not know that his face began to shine with rays because God spoke to him.”

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And indeed, in other examples, the rays are real.

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