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Moses: A Life

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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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Now in paperback--the fascinating biography of one of religion's most compelling figures, by the author of "The Harlot by the Side of the Road."

Synopsis:

A portrait of one of the most dynamic figures of the Old Testament explores Moses' diverse roles as shepherd, warrior, spiritual leader, miracle worker, and lawgiver.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 399-405) and index.

About the Author

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:
9780345412706
Author:
Kirsch, Jonathan
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
History
Subject:
O. t.
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Bible - Biography - Old Testament
Subject:
Moses (biblical leader)
Subject:
Moses
Subject:
Biblical Biography - Old Testament
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade paperback ed.
Series Volume:
GTR-425
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 in 1.1563 lb

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