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Moses in America: The Cultural Uses of Biblical Narrative

Melanie Jane Wright


This book is about the representation of Moses and the Exodus narrative in three North American texts: Moses in Red by Lincoln Steffens; Moses, Man of the Mountain (1926), by Zora Neale Hurston (1939), and Cecil B. DeMille's film, The Ten Commandments (1956). It does not seek to judge the merits of these works, but rather to ask why and how they recast the biblical narrative as they did, and how their images of Moses were received. The study holds in tension the roles of producers and consumers, valuing both as interpreters and creators of the Moses story.

Keywords: American religion, Biblical interpretation, DeMille, Exodus, film, Hurston, popular culture, Steffens, Ten Commandments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195152263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melanie Jane Wright, author
Cambridge University

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