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Moses : a life

Author: Jonathan Kirsch
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kirsch, Jonathan, 1949-
Moses.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1998
(DLC) 98025299
(OCoLC)39229705
Named Person: Moses, (Biblical leader); Moses, (Biblical leader)
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Kirsch
ISBN: 9780307567925 0307567923 1299248748 9781299248748
OCLC Number: 607064309
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (415 pages) : map
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: The Moses no one knows --
Born at the right time --
A Prince of Egypt --
The fugitive --
The man God befriended, the man he sought to kill --
Signs and wonders --
Exodus --
The sorcerer and the sorcerer's apprentice --
God of the mountain, God of the way --
Man of war --
"Moses is dead" --
The search for the historical Moses.
Responsibility: Jonathan Kirsch.

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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. From the Hardcover edition.

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