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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia
Ark of Moses
For three months Moses was kept hidden by his mother, and when she could no longer conceal him, she made a box and launched it on the Nile river (Exodus 2:2-3). The box was made of rushes, and was lined with slime and pitch to make it water-tight. Midr. R. to Exodus 1:21 says that the pitch was placed on the outside of the box, so that its odor should not be offensive to the infant.
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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Ark of Moses'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/a/ark-of-moses.html. 1901.