“The [G-d] Whom Moses Knew” by J. Roger Nelson

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What if you had the chance to experience a more intimate form of the tale of Moses? What if you could figuratively walk alongside this revered forefather of the Bible? Would you take hold of the opportunity?

I don’t know if there’s a single individual that wouldn’t. Whether it be to learn the historical narrative from a first-hand perspective, or to see if every regulation in Leviticus is legit, there’s no doubt that there is hardly an individual that would deny this chance. Now what if you were to discover you had this chance today?

Nelson provides this opportunity in this novel. Written to flesh out the narrative and drama that many people often miss, Nelson was “careful not to alter the biblical facts.” There are parts that are largely fictitious and based off assumptions of the culture and works of Josephus, however, and that is something to keep in mind. This book is the chance to get to know Moses, albeit at a fictional level.

I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. The chance to go back in time simply fascinated me. However, as I read through Nelson’s introduction of the text and faced the reality of the author’s voice, I realized this is not the type of fiction I enjoy to read. Nelson is faced with a monumental challenge: to write an intimate tale of Moses’ life. He is given much speculation, and a wide berth to create with. However, this is the problem: Nelson is writing a fictional past to a very real person. As a result, he does a good job to try to balance Moses in a fashion that matches the biblical narrative, but as a result, is unable to fully make the story his own.

For those interested in learning one perspective of what Moses’ life could have been, this book provides an excellent chance to do so. It’s fictional, being that what is read may not have ever happened, yet follows close to a very real version of Moses. For that, three stars: great work, but more for a theological discussion that pleasure reading.

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