- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: WestBowPress (August 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781449702212
- ISBN-13: 978-1449702212
- ASIN: 144970221X
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,780,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The God Whom Moses Knew: A Novel Paperback – August 24, 2010
About the Author
Roger Nelson, a receiver, trusting God; husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, practiced Internal Medicine for 40 years: Distinguished Physician, Washington University School of Medicine: graduate of Bible Study Fellowship: leader of many Bible study groups: volunteer spiritual consultant Substance Abuse program, 13 yrs: Inner City school tutor, 8 years.
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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.
Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
The book is not scripturally accurate, it’s hard to read as it doesn’t hold your attention well, I would give props to the author for giving some life to the relatively bare account we have of the first 80 years of Moses’s life in Exodus, however all this being said I wouldn’t recommend this book
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by J. Roger Nelson, M.D.
The God Whom Moses Knew by J. Roger Nelson, M.D. is a fictionalized version of the Biblical account of the life of Moses from his days in Pharaoh's court to the Exodus of the Israelites to the end of his life. Drawn directly from the Bible, this is a theologically sound novelization.
It cannot be claimed that there are discrepancies in this story. Dr. Nelson stays so close to the Scriptural account that the only drawback is that the narrative is often dry reading. The account goes from sounding as though it was copied straight from the Old Testament to a fairly decent narrative. The changes are rather jarring. It seems as though the writer finds his own voice only occasionally. I will admit to being a bit disappointed as I thought this would be a more in-depth exploration of the relationship between Moses and God. But as an introduction to Moses, this would serve as a sort of "CliffsNotes" for someone reading the account for the first time. But I must admit that after hearing, reading, and studying this story my entire life, there were points that I had never noticed before. Although I was familiar with the story of Baalam and his donkey, I do not remember ever reading that Baalam was the one who advised the Moabites and Midianites to seduce the Israelites. Another point that leapt out to me for the first time was that in Number 11:23, Moses said to Joshua, " Would that all of the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them." An interesting point when you remember Joel's later prophecy and Peter's repetition of Joel's prophecy on the Day of Pentecost.
As a novel and as the implied study of Moses' relationship with God, the book was disappointing. But as a study help for the story of the Israelites' years in the wilderness, this book would be very helpful.
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