Rooting the biographies of Moses and Jesus in their historical contexts, Rosenberg reads their narratives as culturalrather than religiousendeavors. He charges that both Moses and Jesus were educated” men, steeped in the literature and scholarship of their day. There were no old or new testaments for them, but rather a long history of writing and writers.
When professors quote Moses in university courses, or pastors quote Jesus in sermons, they routinely neglect to inform us that Jesus himself is quoting the Hebrew Bible, often in the manner that Moses once quoted Egyptian medical texts. The remarkable ability of both men to recall and transform a wide range of sources is overlooked. Where did they get these profound educations?
Part biography, part critical analysis, An Educated Man further challenges us to envision what defines an educated man or woman” todayand how an understanding of our religious history is crucial to it.
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