Answering The Atheist
July 11, 2004 / Volume 4, Issue 28
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Where did Aaron die? Numbers says he died on Mount Hor (Numbers 20:27-28; 33:38), but Deuteronomy 10:6 says he died at Mosera. Is there a contradiction?
Indeed, Aaron died on the top of Mount Hor. Numbers 33:38 clearly says, "...Aaron the priest wend up to Mount Hor at the command of the LORD, and died there in the fortieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt..." The name Mosera only appears one time in Scripture, that being Deuteronomy 10:6.
Given that Deuteronomy 32:50 specifically says that Aaron "...died on Mount Hor...", it should be safely assumed that Mosera is either an alternate name for Hor, or an encampment which was in close proximity to the mount. Easton Bible Dictionary states of Mosera, "...one of the stations of the Israelites in the wilderness (Deut. 10:6), at the foot of Mount Hor. (Comp. Num. 33:37, 38). It has been identified with el-Tayibeh, a small fountain at the bottom of the pass leading to the ascent of Mount Hor."
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible