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Moses the Black

332 - 407

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Moses the Abyssinian (Greek: Μωϋσῆς ὁ Αἰθίοψ, romanized: Mōüsês ho Aithíops, Arabic: موسى, Coptic: Ⲙⲟⲥⲉⲥ; 330 – 405), also known as Abba Moses the Robber, the Ethiopian, and the Strong, was an ascetic monk and priest in Egypt in the fourth century AD, and a notable Desert Father. He is highly venerated in both the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church, making him amongst the most notable Desert Fathers. According to stories about him, he converted from a life of crime to one of asceticism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Moses the Black has received more than 401,199 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Moses the Black is the 1,115th most popular religious figure (down from 1,032nd in 2019), the 264th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 236th in 2019) and the 26th most popular Egyptian Religious Figure.

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  • 400k

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  • 57.14

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  • 26

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.85

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.99

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Moses the Black ranks 1,115 out of 2,238Before him are Henry Molaison, Jesse Livermore, Giuseppe Siri, Nicholas of Japan, Pietro Gasparri, and Nilus the Younger. After him are Robert Estienne, Leonardo Sandri, Lutgardis, Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova, Anthony Maria Zaccaria, and Begga.

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Among people born in 332, Moses the Black ranks 2Before him is Saint Monica.  Among people deceased in 407, Moses the Black ranks 2Before him is John Chrysostom. After him are Gjúki, Chromatius, Maria, Marcus, and Gratian.

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Among people born in Egypt, Moses the Black ranks 264 out of 582Before him are Neferhotep I (-1800), Isidore of Pelusium (370), Neferneferuaten Tasherit (-1400), Marika Rökk (1913), Alia Al-Hussein (1948), and Neferneferure (-1400). After him are Soad Hosny (1943), Bakenranef (-700), Nikare (-2200), Narriman Sadek (1933), Sobekhotep IV (-1700), and Apollos (100).


Among religious figures born in Egypt, Moses the Black ranks 26Before him are Antipope Dioscorus (500), Basilides (117), Nahshon (null), Didymus the Blind (313), Pope Peter I of Alexandria (300), and Isidore of Pelusium (370). After him are Apollos (100), Pope Theophilus of Alexandria (310), Pope Dioscorus I of Alexandria (444), Shenoute (348), Pope Anianus of Alexandria (100), and Carpocrates (100).