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Moses: A Life

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 2nd 1999 by Ballantine Books (first published October 13th 1998)
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Kara Santona
Jan 23, 2014 Kara Santona rated it did not like it
While the information on from the rabbinical texts and from literature such as the writings of Flavius Josephus was interesting, the author's disdain for a divinely inspired Bible and mockery of God and Christianity was beyond distracting. In fact, I wonder why someone who puts forth such an attitude would then choose to write about Biblical figures such as Moses and David. He goes far beyond playing neutral or even an devil's advocate sort of role. I was interested in some of his other titles, ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one ever
Recommended to Jessica by: me
Shelves: gave-up-on
Based off of the first 20 or so pages, the author of this book is not a Christian, does not think Moses was a good man, and at the very least is misguided about God, but really it seems more like he actually dislikes God.
Jun 09, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
The author draws on rabbinical literature and biblical scholarship to write this autobiography. Of course, nothing factual is known of Moses. Much of the information available about Moses comes from sources who tried to make sense of the Biblical inconsistencies concerning Moses. The inconsistencies are duly noted, legends that can be little more than fairy tales are cited as such. This is a very good, well-researched book. The author assumes intelligence and interest in his topic but does not a ...more
Steven Williams
Apr 15, 2014 Steven Williams rated it really liked it
A very nice analysis of the, in my opinion, mythical Moses. Very enjoyable.
Mar 19, 2015 Ted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pretty fascinating study not only of the Bible's Moses, but of the Moses of rabbinical tradition and midrash. At times it can be a bit overwhelming, but it is an important and impressive collection of all the lore surrounding this most influential of religious figures.
Aug 06, 2008 Rae rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religiosity
The author tries to portray the historical Moses using Biblical text and sources...his conclusion is that Moses' existence really can't be proven. I don't agree with that premise but the book was still interesting.
Oct 03, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: judaica, biographies
This was a fascinating read!!!
Jun 17, 2009 Robert rated it liked it
Re-reading this pre-pesach
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