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Moses: Envoy of God, Envoy of His People
Lichtenstein, Mosheh

Jersey City, N.J.: Ktav, 2008 pp. xviii + 286. $35.00

Description: Moses, master prophet and teacher, devoted the lionís share of his career to his role as leader of Israel. MOSES: ENVOY OF GOD, ENVOY OF HIS PEOPLE follows the path of Mosesí development as a leader from the moment he appears on the scene as a young lad in Egypt until his departing farewell address to his flock. The book details crisis and commitment, frustration and doubt, selfless devotion and identification, along with trust and alienation. All of the relevant episodes, from the first encounter between Moses and the quarreling slaves to his dealings with the second generations are analyzed and examined, from the perspective of the relationships between the leader and the people. The method of interpretation is based upon a literary analysis of the text that attempts to delve into the inner world of the leader and his interactions with the people. The result is a Medrash oriented approach that creates a fascinating combination of textual analysis and emotional insight. The book also contains a methodological chapter that spells out the exegetical approach and the philosophical outlook that the literary analysis is based upon.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature

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Review by Eugene Merrill
Published 12/19/2009
Citation: Eugene Merrill, review of Mosheh Lichtenstein, Moses: Envoy of God, Envoy of His People, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

Review by Danny Mathews
Published 8/16/2010
Citation: Danny Mathews, review of Mosheh Lichtenstein, Moses: Envoy of God, Envoy of His People, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2010).

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