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Moses and the American Story

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Bruce Feiler traces the influence of the biblical prophet Moses on American history — from the Mayflower to the founding fathers, from Martin Luther King to today’s leaders. In America’s Prophet: Moses and the American Story, he looks into how Moses has shaped the nation's character.

Guests:

Bruce Feiler

Comments [9]

Ed Helmrich from Larchmont, NY

The Founding Fathers weren't enemeies of Christianity as some like to think, just not part of a specific tradition. Democracy, based on respect for the individual, is an outgrowth of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Oct. 08 2009 05:25 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Bruce Feiler associated taking care of the poor w/Jesus & the "New Testament," but the Torah commands tithes & leaving part of the harvest for the poor--including immigrants ("strangers")--in several places, mostly in Leviticus.

Oct. 08 2009 01:01 PM
JP from The Garden State

Bible thumpers say our country is founded on Christianity. Some say the Masonic where behind the constitution. This guy says it’s the old testament and Moses formed our country. Having read the constriction many times, its seems to me our country and foundation is based off of democracy and that we are all created equal regardless of our religion or beliefs. The bible, new and old testament, Moses and Jesus never once mention democracy or the word democracy. So please ask your guest who is responsible for creating democracy (God, Moses, Jesus or the tooth fairy?).

Oct. 08 2009 12:58 PM
Peter

I find it strange that the founding fathers who in many cases were deists (and Hated Christianity) would embrace Moses. I guess Old Testament was acceptable

Oct. 08 2009 12:56 PM
Alvin from Manhattan

Nothing new here. "Spengler" wrote about this in the Asia Times six years ago, in response to Malaysia's PM Matahir's claim that Jews rule the world:
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/EJ28Aa02.html
ALSO: Michael Oren's book "Power, Faith, and Fantasy" covers much of the same ground as the guest.

Oct. 08 2009 12:53 PM
Richard Johnston from Upper West Side

This is a high-school term paper gone berserk.

Oct. 08 2009 12:51 PM
Tom from Upper West Side

Did Moses actually live, or is he a mythic figure - like Abraham?

Oct. 08 2009 12:51 PM
hjs from 11211

Freud postulated that Moses was an Egyptian nobleman who adhered to the monotheism of Akhenaten.

Oct. 08 2009 12:49 PM
Bobby G from East Village

Have you ever seen the large sculpture of Moses -- based on Michelangelos' -- in the cornice of the tenement building on Broome St. between Mulberry and Mott (376 Broome St. according to Google Map)?

Oct. 08 2009 12:09 PM

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