I remember learning some time ago about Pharaoh during the time of Yetizias Mitzrayim not being a first born because he slayed all of his brothers to become king, but now I can't find it.

Could anyone point me in the right direction to find this midrash? I assume it's somewhere in Shemos Rabbah. Thanks.


The midrash Tanhuma here relates that Pharaoh was a first-born [by birth] and therefore besought Moshe to leave immediately with the Jews.

  • Okay, not the midrash I was looking for but cool anyways. – ezra Sep 13 '17 at 14:52
  • Granted, the answer does not provide a source for the author's (existing?) citation, but I think the answer does "point [him] in the right direction" that the signs down memory lane may have been misplaced. The Sefer HaYashar (Jeru. 1987, pg. 251) also records Moshe telling Pharaoh he is a firstborn. Basically, a midrashic source (in the answer) indicating the opposite is sufficient "direction", I think, that the author may be misremembering unless he accepts (based on certainty) that there are midrashim chalukim. But if you insist... can OP decide? (Still unfamiliar how things work here.) – Oliver Sep 15 '17 at 14:53

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