Mister Fandango wrote:
Except Siegel and Shuster themselves both denied that. God forbid a story about an orphan just be about an orphan. A concept which, in case it's not abundantly clear, existed well before Moses ever did.
And considering the only similarity between Superman and Moses is that they're both orphans, I don't know how people even come to that conclusion to begin with.
Well, there's a bit more to it than that. Moses wasn't just an orphan, but an orphan who was placed in a small craft and sent away by his parents to protect him from death. So there is a real parallel there, one that I for one recognized long before I realized Superman's creators were Jewish.
But as you say, the trope of infants being sent away by their parents to save their lives is a recurring mythological archetype, found with figures like Oedipus, Romulus & Remus, Kama, etc. (and more recently Luke and Leia, Quinn Mallory of Sliders
, Leela of Futurama
, Po of Kung Fu Panda
, and the lead character of the current Once Upon a Time
). The Biblical account of Moses's infancy is one of the oldest recorded iterations of that archetype, but it's probably not the first.