Classics and Religious Studies


Date of this Version

January 1999


Published in Bible Review XV (1999), pp. 40–41. Copyright © 1999 The Biblical Archaeology Society. Used by permission.


Meek and arrogant, mild and unrelentingly harsh, merciful and cruel—Moses is one of the most difficult characters in the Bible. But Jonathan Kirsch, in this readable and well-researched account of Moses the lawgiver, does not shy away from those contradictions; instead, he emphasizes them. In so doing, Kirsch, a book columnist for the Los Angeles Times and also a lawyer, has made accessible one of the great figures of the Bible.

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