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Horns of Mosesʹ Face

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This is a mere blunder. The Hebrew karan means “to shoot out beams of light,” but has by mistake been translated in some versions “to wear horns.” Thus Moses is conventionally represented with horns. “Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone” (Exod. xxxiv. 29); compare 2 Cor. iii. 7–13: “The children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Horn
Horn, Horns
Horn-book
Horn-gate
Horn of Fidelity
Horn of Plenty [Cornu-copia]
Horn of Power
Horn of the Son of Oil (The) (Isa. v. 1)
Horn with Horn or Horn under Horn
Horns of a Dilemma
Horns of Moses Face
Horns of the Altar (To the)
Horne
Horner
Hornets (Josh. xxiv. 12)
Hornet’s Nest
Hornie
Hornpipe
Horology
Horoscope
Horrors (The)