Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Passover and Moses

"...the extremely marginal role played by Moses in the text of the Passover Haggadah is best explained as a precautionary step. Because the traditional text has been shaped within the framework of deep tensions between Jews and Christians, the precautionary silence can be naturally explained by those tensions, as suspicion of any presentation of the relationship between God and Moses, 'his servant' (Exod 14:31), that is similar to Christian presentations of the relationship between God and Jesus, 'his son.' Be this as it may, it is clear that the silence of the Haggadah can be explained as an attempt to avoid any possibility of exaggerated admiration of Moses that could eventually confuse him with divinity.”—Jewish Bible Theology, page 60

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For those of you who might not know, the Haggadah is the traditional Passover celebration text—and Passover is coming soon, too. You can download Haggadot from the Internet pretty easily. There a even a few that have a Christian take on them. If you've never done a Seder, you should; it's rich in symbolism. But, I digress...

This concept of Moses being purposely shown to have feet of clay is fascinating.
</idle musing>

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