Moses : A Life
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 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 l...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published October 13th 1998 by Ballantine Books
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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.
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