Saturday, January 7, 2012

The God Whom Moses Knew by J. Roger Nelson M.D.

This is an interesting take on the Moses story.

Told in a novel, Dr Nelson explores the relationship between Moses and God. We begin with Moses returning from a successful battle for Egypt. He has lost two of his generals and we witness him throwing a fit in anger against the gods he's grown up with.

Moses worshiping idols? This is a view many Christians wouldn't entertain. Wasn't Moses always a follower of God? This is where The God Whom Moses Knew opens the windows of "what if" with historical plausibility behind it.

Most of this book follows the biblical story but it also adds some flavor, as with most fiction, in order to create a richer experience. (Can we say something like that without being stoned by the Evangelical Christians today?)

Nelson plays out the relationships between Moses and the other characters that aren't explained in the biblical narrative. This creates a kind of postmodern flavor to the story we see on television every Easter.

Whenever you go beyond was is in the Bible, you'll have people upset with stretching the facts or distorting whatever their truth is. But this is an enjoyable novel that gives readers a realistic "what if" dimension to Moses and his relationship with Israel, Egypt and God.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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