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A Woman Called Moses by Jean-Christophe Attias
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Apr 07, 2020 | ISBN 9781788736398

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“In one of the most imaginative and creative works of contemporary Jewish thought, Jean-Christophe Attias presents a fascinating interpretation of Moses as a woman. Building on intriguing suggestions in the Bible, Attias inspires us to wonder how our understandings of the Bible and its sacred history might change if we think of Moses as female.”
—Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College

“In this original and magical portrait of Moses, Attias takes the stock figure of the stern lawgiver and transforms him into ‘one of us.’ His Moses combines humility and grandeur, frailty and strength. He is a Jew and a non-Jew, ‘and all the more of a human being because he is both.’ Likewise, ‘fully a man because he is also a woman.’ Even his death emphasizes his humanity: he ‘dies likes the rest of us, prematurely.’ ‘We do not know who buried him.’ But we do know who brings him back to life: Attias the scribe. In this inspired, humane and deeply moving book, the ‘Woman called Moses’ speaks also to ‘those of us who are secular.’ She is truly ‘a prophet for our times.’”
—Brian Klug

“Who was Moses? Not the historical Moses or the Moses of tradition, but the biblical Moses without apologetics, Moses in his most contradictory and obscure configuration. In A Woman Called Moses Attias presents us with a provocative, evocative, and courageous reading of Moses, seamlessly drawing from the biblical imaginary and classical commentaries combined with modern sensibilities and literary finesse that brings this imaginary figure to life. Attias’ pen sparkles with literary insight and poetic breadth. This work should be enjoyed slowly, like fine French wine.”
—Shaul Magid, Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College

“Attias’s respect and attention to Moses’s example and legacy shines through … Open-minded readers are in for a thought-provoking treat.”
Publishers Weekly

“Thoughtful and thought-provoking, informative and iconoclastic, and an impressively detailed work of original scholarship, A Woman Called Moses is extraordinary and inherently fascinating reading.”
—John Burroughs, Midwest Book Review

“Anybody with an interest in theology, or indeed Jewish history should enjoy A Woman Called Moses and be stimulated by it. Work like this underlines once more the extent to which the Bible has formed western thought, for Christians worshipping the deity, and equally for atheists in their vehement rejection.”
—Drew Ratter, Shetland Times

“Attias’s portrayal of Moses reveals the author’s respect, tenderness, and even love for the figure … Ultimately, through his imaginative depiction of Moses, Attias discloses a poignant longing and hope.”
—Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, Commonweal

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