Moses: A Stranger Among Us

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April 23, 2012
In Moses: A Stranger among Us, Rab­bi Mau­rice Har­ris leads us to look beyond famil­iar and pop­u­lar por­tray­als of Moses, so that we can dis­cov­er the Moses whose less­er-known attrib­ut­es and expe­ri­ences pro­vide us with sur­pris­ing­ly fresh eth­i­cal and spir­i­tu­al guid­ance. Har­ris offers many angles on his sub­ject, inter­weav­ing tra­di­tion­al reli­gious inter­pre­ta­tions, aca­d­e­m­ic Bible schol­ar­ship, psy­cho­log­i­cal and soci­o­log­i­cal analy­sis, fem­i­nist read­ings, and more. Com­bin­ing deep respect for the Bib­li­cal text with a will­ing­ness to ques­tion received tra­di­tion, Har­ris reveals a com­plex Moses whose life sto­ry gives us impor­tant tools for bet­ter under­stand­ing issues like reli­gious fun­da­men­tal­ism, inter­mar­riage, iden­ti­ty con­fu­sion, civ­il dis­obe­di­ence, gay and les­bian equal­i­ty, and the nature of sacred myth­ic sto­ry­telling. Writ­ten in a refresh­ing, plain-spo­ken voice for peo­ple of all faiths or none, the result is a vol­ume of cre­ative, thought-pro­vok­ing, and excit­ing read­ings of the Bible.

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