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From the Register-Guard, by Randi Bjornstad: 
 ...there's nothing stuffy about Harris' book, which promises to present Moses as "the adopted child, the ex-con, the failure and the intermarrier." ... [It has a] colloquial, back-and-forth tone, probably unusual for a religious tome, that makes it easy to read and easy to think about.

John Wofford writes in New Voices (Sept. 5, 2012), "Harris' writing style is clear and concise. A Stranger Among Us is a tight, accessible read: only 164 pages. But the miracle of this book is less its portrayal of Moses than its ability to work as both serious theology and general reading. "Stranger" succeeds as it presents meaty ideas to the layperson without a condescending--or, conversely, an overly academic--voice."

In the Dec. 2012 issue of Oregon Jewish Life, Joseph A. Lieberman writes: "Well known in Eugene's Jewish community for taking discussions beyond conventional boundaries, Rabbi Maurice uses the life of Moses to demonstrate concepts that spin off into much larger ideas."

The Winter 2013 issue of Tikkun includes a recommendation of Moses: A Stranger among Us. They write, "Maurice Harris is a Reconstructionist rabbi, and his close readings of the text and the latest secondary materials are integrated into a lively discussion of some of the critical issues of spiritual interpretation."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610974077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610974073
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a writer, teacher, and rabbi living in Eugene, Oregon. I was ordained in 2003 at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, and I love exploring the possibilities of creative and progressive approaches to Judaism and religion in general. My first book was published in March 2012 - Moses: A Stranger Among Us. My second book, Leviticus: You Have No Idea, was published in August 2013.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Nina on March 23, 2012
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In Moses: A Stranger Among Us, Rabbi Maurice Harris challenges us to take a fresh local at a familiar character. This book is full of fine scholarship, inspiring ideas, and well written discussions that lead the reader through the life of Moses with a contemporary focus. Harris taps into an important need in Jewish settings to speak to the broad spectrum of identity that now includes interfaith, multi-racial, pan-ethnic, non-traditional families, and queer Jews. Proving that the opportunity to make Torah relevant is available for every generation, he uses Moses' unique biography to inspire us to engage again and again with our sacred texts. I can't wait to incorporate the teachings from this book into my work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Rev. Natasha Garrison on April 15, 2012
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Moses: A Stranger Among Us is an engaging, thought-provoking, and insightful examination into the life of Moses and, by extension, those whose lives were connected to his. While it is a scholarly work, it is written in a very accessible style. The great gift of this book is its ability to demonstrate how faith is a living reality that responds to human experience, needs, and new understandings and situations through examples from the life of Moses. For those of us who are deeply concerned with the narrow-mindedness, fundamentalism, cruelty and hatred towards others that are spawned by rigid, inflexible and dogmatic interpretations of God and God's Scriptures, Rabbi Harris offers intellectually and theologically sound arguments for an open, responsive and living faith that can embrace new ideas, interpretations and visions of God. This is a book to read, to learn from, and share. I look forward to sharing its insights with my Anglican parish!
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By bull75 on August 16, 2012
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I've known Rabbi Harris for a decade. He's always been very thoughtful and insightful in his opinions and studies. In this book, he applies these same qualities towards the topic at hand, Moses. He does an excellent job at looking at Moses from different perspectives and also faiths. This is an enjoyable and easy read. It also is very insightful in his research. I'm greatly anticipating his next book. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in Moses, or theology surrounding him.
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