Moses: A Human Life

Moses: A Human Life

by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
Moses: A Human Life

Moses: A Human Life

by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg


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An unprecedented portrait of Moses's inner world and perplexing character, by a distinguished biblical scholar

No figure looms larger in Jewish culture than Moses, and few have stories more enigmatic. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, acclaimed for her many books on Jewish thought, turns her attention to Moses in this remarkably rich, evocative book.
Drawing on a broad range of sources—literary as well as psychoanalytic, a wealth of classical Jewish texts alongside George Eliot, W. G. Sebald, and Werner Herzog—Zornberg offers a vivid and original portrait of the biblical Moses. Moses's vexing personality, his uncertain origins, and his turbulent relations with his own people are acutely explored by Zornberg, who sees this story, told and retold, as crucial not only to the biblical past but also to the future of Jewish history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300251883
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Series: Jewish Lives
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 440,520
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg lectures on the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic thought at academic, psychoanalytic, and Jewish educational institutions around the world. In 1995 she received the National Jewish Book Award for Genesis: The Beginning of Desire.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Identities 9

2 The Murmuring Deep 48

3 Moses Veiled and Unveiled 73

4 Moses in the Family: Mirrors and Foils 106

5 "Moses wrote his own book," 147

Notes 195

General Index 211

Scriptural Index 221

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