Like Unto Moses: The Constituting of an Interruption (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, May 22, 1995 - Religion - 416 pages
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"This exhaustive and important study of the meaning of Moses in the Bible demonstrates conclusively 'the Mosaicization of the canon'... Nohrnberg possesses a remarkable typological imagination. No summary can do justice to the sheer brilliance of the congruities and disparities he discovers on every page." -- Journal of Religion

"LIKE UNTO MOSES proposes a series of challenging perspectives on theprocess of canon-formation in the Bible. James Nohrnberg's ability totrace connections among different elements of the biblical corpus isunflaggingly resourceful, sometimes provocative, and often deeplyinstructive." -- Robert Alter

"... an insightful study of the traditions of Moses in the Bible." -- Choice

"This is a formidably argued, large book.... It is also certainly the most sophisticated book on Moses and one of the most sophisticated readings of the Bible which I have ever had the pleasure of reading.... I think it is a brilliant achievement and would recommend it to every reader of the Bible." -- R. P. Carroll, The Society for Old Testament Study Book List

The Moses of the Bible is a veiled figure who exists both inside and outside the text which describes and defines him. "Moses" is a creation of Israelite literary and scriptural tradition, an ideological construct, a reinvented memory, a projection of what Israel wished to see in Moses. Nohrnberg examines the texts of "Moses" for their representation of the tradition's self-doubt and its revisionary, "deuteronomic" content.

  

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Contents

The Canonization of Moses
3
The Text of the
43
Moralia in Exodum
133
Prophet unto Pharaoh
189
The Burden of Egypt
208
The Genesis of the Exodus
227
The Exodus and the Numbering
241
The Exodus and the Visiting
250
Allegories of Scripture
267
The Golden Calf and the History of the Priestly
307
Supplementary Originals
325
Notes
347
General Index
377
Scriptural Index
391
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JAMES NOHRNBERG is Professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of The Analogy of The Faerie Queene.

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