Burton L. Visotzky

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Burton L. Visotzky
The Road to Redemption: Lessons from Exodus on Leadership and Community
The Jewish Theological Seminary - Burton Visotzky Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (October 13, 1998) Language: English ISBN-10: 0609601458 ISBN-13: 978-0609601457 первое издание

Burton L. Visotzky thinks the midrash is the way to read Moses. Midrash, the rabinnic practice he defines as "reading between the lines, inferring what the Bible's characters meant to say or should have said," allows readers to bring "the ethics and social norms of the time of the midrash writer back into the biblical narratives." In his new study of Exodus, The Road to Redemption, Visotzky uses midrash to draw contemporary lessons about faithful leadership and living in community. Those familiar with Bill Moyers's Genesis book and television programs will already know Visotzky's lively, often humorous, methods of biblical interpretation. At a time when our country desperately needs moral leadership and thoughtful new ways of understanding the nature of communities, Visotzky's talents as an interpreter can begin to diagnose, and perhaps even help cure, what ails us. --Michael Joseph Gross From Publishers Weekly Fresh from a stint on Bill Moyers's Genesis series on PBS, Rabbi Visotzky turns his critical attention to the book of Exodus, the story of a people who went from slavery to freedom, from tyranny to covenant and from chaos to law. Visotzky argues that an essential lesson of Exodus is that God is a God of all people, the Creator of the Universe, and that God frowns upon tyranny wherever it is found and in all its manifestations. Visotzky also contends that the acceptance of the presence of God in our lives and the submission of the individual self to the power of the Redeemer are lessons to be drawn from the journey of Moses and the Israelites. Recalling his own climb up Mt. Sinai, Visotzky evokes the palpability of the Exodus miracle in his description of the summit, from which he saw the moon setting in the west over Egypt. With vivid prose, Visotzky mines Exodus for sparkling gems of instruction on individual and community redemption. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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