Moses: A Life

Moses: A Life

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by Jonathan Kirsch
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345412706
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
415,075
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

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Chapter One—The Moses No One Knows1
Chapter Two—Born at the Right Time30
Chapter Three—A Prince of Egypt57
Chapter Four—The Fugitive87
Chapter Five—The Man God Befriended, the Man He Sought
to Kill109
Chapter Six—Signs and Wonders139
Chapter Seven—Exodus174
Chapter Eight—The Sorcerer and the Sorcerer's Apprentice207
Chapter Nine—God of the Mountain, God of the Way242
Chapter Ten—Man of War281
Chapter Eleven—"Moses is Dead"329
Chapter Twelve—The Search for the Historical Moses354
Acknowledgments367
Endnotes371
Bibliography399
Index407

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