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Moses: A Life

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Kirsch has written an excellent biography of king David. In this

    Kirsch has written an excellent biography of king David. In this effort, he goes on endlessly about Moses' early life, a subject that takes up too much of the book. I would have liked more analysis of his leadership and relationship to and with God. In King David, the subject became a real person. Here Moses never quite acquires flesh and blood. Kirsch presents alternatives that leave him more blurred then the original Bible portrait. I didn't feel it was time wasted; I just feel the book could have been more compactly.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2001

    Not great, but worth reading

    This book was a bit unusual in that the second half was stronger than the first half. Basically, this book is a straightforward telling of the Moses story. The story is told in chronological fashion with many biblical citations. In the first half, however, the author continually interrupts the narrative with mention from other sources, especially midrash. For the most part, these additions are distractions. In the book's second half, however, Kirsch basically ignores these secondary sources and primarily uses the Bible. Doing this, the story takes on momentum and is enjoyable. True, his conclusion seems a bit lackluster, but I was glad for the easy-to-read second half.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    Left Wanting

    I must agree with the conclusion in one of the reviews; the subtitle is somewhat misleading. In Kirsch's attempts to illuminate a human rather than mythic image of Moses, the reader is left wondering if more could have been gleaned from the sources Kirsch cites throughout the book. The reader gains little insight into Moses' emotions other than anger and frustrations as a leader. In his search for the man Moses, Kirsch provides only sparse insight into what might have been the drives and desires and emotions that we expect in real people. Was Moses ever afraid other than his initial contact with God? Was he ever lustful? depressed? Did he ever show love for his sons? Did his sons resent their father? Many such questions could be asked about Moses and some insight gained through the rich midrashic literature but this seems to be beyond the scope that Kirsch attempts here. Despite this disappointment, I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. Its strength may lie in stimulating the reader to search further for the man Moses.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    Kirsch Gives Us Story and Fact

    I purchased this book as a research source for my own writing. I expected a dry, uninspired expose' on Moses. Wrong! Mr. Kirsch gave us Moses, the man, as well as Moses, the Deliverer, leader, human. Mr. Kirsch's attention to detail, written sources, and oral tradition was impressive. Bravo!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

    Ultimate chuztpah

    To ask for another copy cause broke first

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2014

    A lot like real life

    The book started off strong, then ambled off into yawnworthiness.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    Full of lies

    Looking up the statements of the author revealed many lies and werw often oit of context. Author discredits the Bible countless times, unless It proves thier point. It is either all inspired, or all untustworthy. Author can't seem to decide.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Suggest stick to orginal bio. Did no one ever consider

    That the second set was not by you know who but a not too exact copy he had to put together consider having smashed the original he goes back up and asks for a duplicate? Moses had more than one wife and a smart sister please remember those cows and honey hives belonged to someone else and were invaded and taken over by force a creator of all things is just that all things

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    Moses

    You realize that some peoples beliefs are different. I was looking for what really happened ,not all that red sea junk.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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