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What happened to Moses' staff? Where is it now?

What happened to Moses' staff? Where is it now?

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What an interesting question!

The Midrash1 tells us that the staff was passed down from generation to generation and was in the possession of the Judean kings until the First Temple was destroyed. In Samuel I, 17:40, it is said concerning King David: "And he took his staff in his hand." According to Midrashic tradition, this is a reference to Moses' special staff.

It is unknown what became of the staff after the Temple was destroyed and the Jews were exiled from their land.

Yours truly,

Rabbi Menachem Posner

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Yalkut Shimoni, Chukat 763.

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Linda Beattie Hartford, MI. March 30, 2017

Did anyone look through the ruins of the temple that was destroyed. Reply

Anonymous TN Soddy Daisy February 27, 2017

Pointless If we ever do find the Staff, then it would hold no power unless God willed it to, for He was the one who made the Staff have power in the first place. Granted that it was a serpent at one time, this phenomenon occurred during very special circumstances. The staff turned into a serpent at the Burning Bush, and in front of Pharaoh when Moses was freeing Gods people. In other words, the continuous search for the staff by Christians is pointless, for it would do nothing. By the way I'm 12 years old. God bless you. Reply

David Indonesia June 29, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

I agree with your comments, unless God give his power , the staff is just a staff, and God has purpose to proclaim his name and his power to Pharaoh, that he and his people that he is the God, and He becomes what he causes to become. Reply

Jon Montreal July 14, 2016

According to the Torah, the staff was miraculously transformed during the confrontation with Korach. It developed branches which produced almonds. So any staff found today that doesn't show evidence of the almond shoots can't be the staff of Moses. I believe the staff was stored with the Ark in the holy of holies. If we ever find the Ark we may find the staff. Reply

Anonymous USA November 22, 2015

Staff of Moses... lets think for a second? Unless something weird is going on... the staff of Moses does not have any power in and of itself. That is reserved of God himself. But, we do have to admit that the staff was a snake once. Reply

Anonymous July 27, 2015

staff of moses to say that David had a staff would be pretty normal. he was a Shepard and had a staff. all shepards have a staff !!! Reply

Anonymous Woodland Hills, CA September 25, 2014

I just came back from Istanbul Turkey last week and I the staff of Moses was displayed at the Topkapi Palace. I was in disbelieve that they did not make a big deal about it. I was so excited to see it and at the same disappointed that I was not allowed to take a picture of it. I don't think that they understand what a great deal it is for them to have it. They are currently hi-lighting an 86 carat diamond.

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Anonymous Des Moines, Ia, USA January 27, 2010

moses staff I visited Turkey this past spring and saw Moses' staff displayed at Topkapi Palace Reply

Advocate James Clark Gauteng South Africa, Rayton January 12, 2010

Moses' Staff Be careful, the staff of Moses represents the banner under which we serve God. This banner indicates to the world who we serve. The staff of Moses in those days were the banner stating that he served God and walked in fear of God. What banner do you raise for people to see, your favorite cricket team, material riches or do your banner clearly reflect that you serve God like the banner of Moses did, namely his staff. Reply

Anonymous el paso, tx, usa December 4, 2009

Location of Mose's Staff According to the identifying document at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, mose's staff is on display there. Reply

Tom Rasey Great Falls, Mt. USA October 15, 2009

Moses Staff I have recently read that Moses staff was originally taken from the tree of knowledge by Adam as he was leaving the Garden of Eden. The staff was then passed down from patriarch to patriarch until the destruction of the temple.
Is this a cultural story passed down from generations or someones musings? Reply

Anonymous Germiston, South Africa August 5, 2009

What happened to Moses' staff? Where is it now? I dont have a good reference from the Bible about the "Staff", quoting from Rabbi Menachem Posner quote "The Midrash tells us that the staff was passed down from generation to generation and was in the possession of the Judean kings until the First Temple was destroyed" I end up with a question, what is so special about the staff that it had to be passed from generation to generation? I mean Moses was chosen and on the contrary - the staff didnt perform any miracles but God. Reply

GF November 6, 2008

Between david and the exile You write that it is unknown what happened to the staff after the destruction of the Temple. I say, back up a bit. Is anything known about the staff after the times of king david? Reply

Gershon Fiedler Chicago, IL April 26, 2007

RE: Artifacts Many of the artifacts were stolen by the Romans when the 2nd Beis Hamikdash was destroyed. The Roman leader Titus has a sculpture of the takings of the Temple, namely the Menorah, the Shulchan and many great treasures. These are all believed to be hidden in the catacombes of the Vatican to this day. Israel has seeked access to these artifacts but the Church has either denied it or refused access. Do a google search to learn more.

Also, there is some debate about the Menorah that was stolen, since the depiction in Titus' sculpture is innacurate to Jewish tradition.

All based on my memory, take with a grain of salt. Reply

Gisele Brooklyn, NY April 26, 2007

Are there many items mentioned in the Bible missing? if so what are them? And has any reseach been done to try to find these bilbilical artifacts?l Reply

Gershon Fiedler Chicago, IL April 25, 2007

Staff in the Stone If memory serves me, the Midrash said that the staff originated from Adam and was passed down for generations until it was intentionally placed in stone. The only person able to get it out of stone would be the redeemer of the Jews. Moshe was the only one to be able to take the staff of the ground.

This has obvious connections to the story, the "Sword in the Stone." I'm curious to see who the original writer of that story was, since he obviously stole it right out of this Midrash. Reply

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