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Birth of God: The Moses Play and Monotheism in Ancient Israel

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Modern scholarship shows a startling fact - that belief in one God originated with Moses and became the basis of the Jewish Bible and the Old Testament in a ritual drama, The Play of Moses, first created by Joshua as the Israelites crossed the Jordan and performed it at Schechem. This play was altered over time into The Play of David. Remnants of this ritual drama are to be found in The Book of J, written hundreds of years later - after the time of Solomon - and it was severely suppressed by priests returning from the Exile hundreds of years after that. The Play of Moses is the hidden basis of the modern Jewish and Christian religions.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Figures
Definitions
Introduction: The Bible 1
Pt. 1 Background
1 Drama in the Ancient World 6
2 Perspectives on Biblical Rituals 17
Pt. 2 Ritual Drama of Moses
3 Writing the Text 34
4 Where does the Moses Play Begin? 43
5 The Exodus 61
6 The Moses Play 81
7 Plays of the Land and the Seasons 99
Pt. 3 Royal Ritual Drama
8 From Joshua to David 115
9 The Judean Royal Drama 137
10 The David Play 149
11 Drama in the Two Kingdoms 163
12 The Exile and After 177
Conclusion: The Play of the Jews 187
Notes 193
Bibliography 211
General Index 221
Index to the Books of the Bible 233
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