- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain (May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573456632
- ISBN-13: 978-1573456630
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stone Tables Paperback – May, 2000
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"Stone Tables" is speculation. The genesis for this speculation is Card's questions about the convoluted relationship between Moses and Aaron. In thinking over the life of Aaron, who watched his younger brother lead his people out of bondage, witnesses first hand the miracles of the plagues upon Egypt, and made a golden calf for the Israelites while Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving the 10 Commandments from God, Card believed he saw a pattern of envy. However, "Stone Tables" goes well beyond providing a rationale for Aaron's actions.
For non-Mormon readers, such as myself, there are two major differences between the stories of Moses told in "Stone Tables" and that related by the book of Exodus (and the movies "The Ten Commandments" and "Prince of Egypt"). The first is that characters in the novel refer to their foreknowledge of Christ, which Card clearly states is part of the worldview of the Latter-day Saints.Read more ›
"Stone Tables" is a novelization of the life of Moses, using what we "know" about Moses from the Bible and other sources and creatively filling in the details. (I especially liked Card's explanation of Moses's speech impediment.) I found this a spiritually nourishing book, particularly Jethro's discussions with Moses about prayer and Moses's advice to Aaron on being a servant of God. Thank you, Orson Scott Card!
However, his largest influence by far is his use of LDS theology, which differs in many ways from most Christian theology when it comes to Moses. Probably most readers not familiar with such theology will be a little confused or puzzled because such events and ideas are not explained, but are simply presented along with the rest of the story that the everybody knows.
The reader is forewarned. OSC's introduction describes this book as unashamedly religious and Mormon. It is an adaptation of a play he wrote while on a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil. Thus, I cannot understand why some of the reviews on this page are accusing Card of being 'insulting' or '[farcical]'. His book, in my opinion, clearly states at the beginning that his book will be deeply religious in nature. If you don't like that, don't read it.
Also, it needs to be noted that *I am also biased in my own opinion.* I admire the writer of the review who stated in his review that he was atheist, and therefore didn't like the book.Read more ›
Nevertheless, I have to turn back to the characters. Some are not as fully rounded as I might have liked. For example, Miriam comes to realize she needs to phrase her declarations of Truth more diplomatically, but we never get to explore the repurcussions of that (basically, to me it seemed she needed a little more humility). Also, Joshua stayed a little too flatly Pure. But, of course, they're not the main characters. Moses is the important one here, and Card gives him remarkable vitality. Aaron and Tuthmose are also amazingly drawn. Card made me believe that these people once lived and breathed just as he has described them, even though this is a fictional account.
The only people I imagine might have trouble with this book are those who cling to their own versions of Christianity enough to be offended by the LDS touches (foreknowledge of Christ, multiple worlds, etc.), or those who are turned off by Christian righteousness (too bad for them to be so closed-minded). Everyone else, I think, can only gain from reading this.
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I loved this book. What a gripping and imaginative way to fictionalize this Bible story.Published 3 months ago by Paula Coody
The Church of the Redeemer (episcopal church USA) book group read this as our summer fiction selection this year. We had previously enjoyed two of Card's other biblical novels. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. Gloriana St Clair
Not my favorite in the series by Orson Scott Card. His writing seemed a bit tedious this time.Published 7 months ago by my opinion
The fifth time I've read this, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Can't wait for another biblical story from this author!Published 10 months ago by Barbara Ann White
Having studied the bible for 45 years, I knew Abraham's story inside out. However, Orson Scott Card did a tremendous job and brought much more with details, contrived or not. Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great historical novel by Card. It brings up some interesting quesitons about Moses and some of the struggles he likely faced in his difficult life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joshua A. Risher
I can imagine the story of Moses playing out this way. I love how real the characters are: flaws and strengths alike. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lisa West
I'm a big Orson Scott Card fan and have read most of his work including his Women of Genesis books, but sadly I could not get in to Stone Tables and didn't even finish it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mandi