The Birth of God: The Moses Play and Monotheism in Ancient Israel (Wor(l)ds of Change #26) (Hardcover)

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Modern scholarship shows a startling fact - that belief in one God originated with Moses and became the basis of the Jewish Bible and the Old Testament in a ritual drama, "The Play of Moses," first created by Joshua as the Israelites crossed the Jordan and performed it at Schechem. This play was altered over time into "The Play of David." Remnants of this ritual drama are to be found in "The Book of J," written hundreds of years later - after the time of Solomon - and it was severely suppressed by priests returning from the Exile hundreds of years after that. "The Play of Moses" is the hidden basis of the modern Jewish and Christian religions.

About the Author

The Author: Richard Courtney is the author of over 50 books, including an eight volume series on all the plays of Shakespeare. An authority on educational drama, his most famous book is "Play, Drama and Thought." Others include "Drama and Intelligence" and "Drama and Feeling." He is Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies of Education, and the Graduate School of Drama, the University of Toronto. He previously taught at Victoria, B.C., and Calgary, and at Trent Park College, London. He has given prestigious addresses in Europe, Britain, Canada, the USA, and Australia.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820430553
ISBN-10: 0820430552
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: March 1st, 1997
Pages: 235
Language: English
Series: Wor(l)ds of Change