Moses is a hero. His prominence in the narratives of exodus from Egypt, the wanderings in the wilderness, and the journey to the brink of the Promised Land make Moses a central figure in Old Testament history and literature. Further evidence of the magnitude of Moses’ influence is also found outside the Christian and Jewish traditions—in extra-biblical literature, in Renaissance art, in modern Hollywood depictions of his life, and elsewhere.
Moses: Heroic Man, Man of God explores the character of the Moses traditions in the Old Testament to see more clearly why they have influenced the world as much as they have. Although Coat’s volume is primarily concerned with literary analysis, he does not ignore the insights of historical and sociological studies. The result is a landmark volume on the life and influence of one of the key figures of the Hebrew Bible.
George W. Coats was professor emeritus of Old Testament at Lexington Theological Seminary, Kentucky before his death in 2006. He wrote the commentary on Exodus 1-18 and coauthored Numbers in the Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series (17 vols.).