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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 story of Moses is vividly retold by a biblical scholar who sifts through the complex web of traditions, legends, and historical facts to offer readers a compelling portrait of this important religious figure. Reprint.

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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307567925
Subtitle:
A Life
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Kirsch, Jonathan
Author:
Jonathan, Kirsch
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Religious
Subject:
Moses (biblical leader)
Subject:
Moses
Subject:
O. t.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Bible - Biography - Old Testament
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Biblical Biography - Old Testament
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
Christianity-Bible Commentary
Subject:
Christianity-Old Testament General
Subject:
Judaism-Bible Commentary and Criticism
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
Religion : Judaism - History
Subject:
Religion : Leadership
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1999
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
448

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Biography » Religious
Religion » Christianity » Old Testament » General
Religion » Christianity » Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Religion » Judaism » History

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"Synopsis" by , The story of Moses is vividly retold by a biblical scholar who sifts through the complex web of traditions, legends, and historical facts to offer readers a compelling portrait of this important religious figure. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , 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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