Rewriting Moses (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)
Exalted for centuries as a hero and author of the Bible, Moses is inseparable from biblical tradition. Moses is also an inherently ambiguous figure and a perennial focus of controversy, from ancient disputes of priestly rivalry to modern issues of...
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Exalted for centuries as a hero and author of the Bible, Moses is inseparable from biblical tradition. Moses is also an inherently ambiguous figure and a perennial focus of controversy, from ancient disputes of priestly rivalry to modern issues of class, gender and race. In Rewriting Moses, Brian Britt analyzes elements of polemic and ideology in the Moses of the Bible, of film, novel, visual art and scholarship. He argues that the biblical Moses lives within writing, while the post-biblical Moses lives in biography. Yet later rewritings of Moses refract the biblical portrait in surprising ways. Rewriting Moses provides an original account of the Freudian insight that traditions preserve what they repress.
Brian Britt is Associate Professor and Director of Religious Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Alexandra Cuffel is Assistant Professor of History at Macalester College.
- Part One: Contemporary Images Of Moses; Chapter 1: Subverting The Great Man: Violence And Magic In Contemporary Moses Fiction; Chapter 2: Double-moses: Gender And The Sacred In Moses Films; Chapter 3: Legend And History In Modern Scholarly Portraits Of Moses; Interlude: From Traditional Interpretation To Biblical Tradition; Chapter 4: Concealment, Revelation, And Gender: The Veil Of Moses In The Bible And In Christian Art; Part Two: Ambiguous Biblical Episodes; Chapter 5: Moses' Heavy Mouth: Discourse And Revelation In Exodus 4:10-17; Chapter 6: The Torah Of Moses: Deuteronomy 31-32 As A Textual Memorial; Chapter 7: The Song And Blessing Of Moses: Poetic Discourse In Deuteronomy 32-33; Chapter 8: The Birth, Death, And Writing Of Moses; Conclusion