Moses: A Life

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Ballantine Books, 1999 - 415 pages
Lawgiver and liberator. Seer and prophet. The only human permitted to converse with God "face-to-face." Moses is the most commanding presence in the Old Testament. Yet as Jonathan Kirsch shows in this brilliant, stunningly original volume, Moses was also an enigmatic and mysterious figure--at once a good shepherd and a ruthless warrior, a spiritual leader and a magician, a lawgiver who broke his own laws, God's chosen friend and hounded victim. Now, in Moses: A Life, Kirsch accomplishes the wondrous feat of revealing the real Moses, a strikingly modern figure who steps out from behind the facade of Sunday school lessons and movie matinees.

Drawing on the biblical text and a treasury of both scholarship and storytelling, Kirsch examines all that is known and all that has been imagined of Moses. In these vivid pages, we see the marvels and mysteries of Moses's life in a new light--his rescue in infancy and adoption by an Egyptian princess; his reluctant assumption of the role of liberator; his struggles to wrest his people from the pharaoh's dominion; his desperate vigil on Mount Sinai. Here too is the darker, more ominous Moses--the sorcerer, the husband of a pagan woman, the military commander who cold-bloodedly ordered the slaying of innocent people; the beloved of God whom God sought twice to murder.

Jonathan Kirsch brings both prodigious knowledge and a keen imagination to one of the most compelling stories of the Bible, and the results are fascinating. A figure of mystery, passion, and contradiction, Moses emerges from this book very much a hero for our time.


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The author uses the Bible, extra-Biblical literature, and Jewish exegesis to fill in the story of Moses and attempt to explain some of the contradictions that appear in the Biblical account. As always ... Consulter l'avis complet

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The author uses the Bible, extra-Biblical literature, and Jewish exegesis to fill in the story of Moses and attempt to explain some of the contradictions that appear in the Biblical account. As always ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Map xii
1
Chapter TwoBorn at the Right Time
30
Chapter ThreeA Prince of Egypt
57
Chapter FourThe Fugitive
87
Chapter FiveThe Man God Befriended the Man He Sought
109
Chapter SixSigns and Wonders
139
Chapter SevenExodus
174
Chapter EightThe Sorcerer and the Sorcerers Apprentice
207
Chapter NineGod of the Mountain God of the Way
242
Chapter TenMan of War
281
Chapter ElevenMoses is Dead
329
Chapter TwelveThe Search for the Historical Moses
354
Acknowledgments
367
Bibliography
399
Index
407
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À propos de l'auteur (1999)

Jonathan Kirsch, a book columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of the critically acclaimed The Harlot by the Side of the Road, writes and lectures widely on biblical, literary, and legal topics. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, and a former correspondent for Newsweek, he lives in Los Angeles.


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