The World of the Bible

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Iconoclast and liberator, witness to the impossibility of knowing God, Moses is doubtless one of the most prominent figures of the Old Testament. He was at the birth of Judaism as well as that of monotheism in general, and led the Hebrews out of Egypt, heading for the Promised Land and prompting a political renewal of the Jewish people. Moses has fascinated many a great thinker throughout the ages and, in particular, those of the 20th century, for example Sigmund Freud. Nowadays, the historicity of Moses is no longer at the forefront of research. Rather, today’s historians and theologians alike tend to focus on the symbolism of the patriarch and his relevance to the identity of the three great monotheistic religions. To find out more about the intricacies of the figure, The World of the Bible proposes Moses, the history and the legend.
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About the author

The contributors of this book:

Thomas Römer: the Chair of Biblical Milieux at the Collège de France »

Jan Assmann: Professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg »

Guy Vanhoomissen: Professor at the Centre Lumen Vitae, Bruxelles »

Françoise Jeanlin: Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Institut Saint-Serge, Paris.

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Mar 18, 2014
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Art / History / Ancient & Classical
Art / Subjects & Themes / Religious
History / Ancient / General
History / General
History / Jewish
History / Middle East / General
Religion / Antiquities & Archaeology
Religion / Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
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