Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Exodus

Explorations in Text

By Francis Nataf

Format: Hardcover


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by Rabbi Francis Nataf
Hardcover, 138 pages
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-037-5
publication: 2010
Is there nothing new to learn from reading the Book of Exodus again? Must all attempts at finding relevant meaning for today wallow in superficiality and flightiness? As he did with the Book of Genesis, veteran educator and Bible teacher Rabbi Francis Nataf shows us that careful and creative analysis of the text can still reap completely new and provocative insights geared to the intelligent modern reader. In a series of sophisticated yet readable essays, Rabbi Nataf uses his literary awareness and profound knowledge of text, Midrash and commentaries to come up with refreshingly original readings of some of the major stories in Exodus. The centrality of exile and alienation, national memory, the significance of clothing and how to relate to the "other" are only some of the topics that he discusses via the Biblical text's treatment of Moshe, Moshe's family and the Jewish nation as a whole. A must-read for anyone looking to appreciate how we should study Exodus in our time.
About the author:
Rabbi Francis Nataf is the Educational Director of the David Cardozo Academy in Jerusalem and the author of Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Genesis (Urim, 2006). He has also published numerous articles concerning Jewish education, Bible and Jewish thought. Rabbi Nataf was ordained at Yeshiva University and holds degrees in Jewish history and international affairs.
Praise for Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Exodus:
"Rabbi Francis Nataf has once again provided us with penetrating studies about the reality of human existence in the Torah and the great message and relevance of the Biblical stories in our day-to-day life....In his own unique style, [he] engages us with the words of the Divine text and the great Biblical figureshuman beings who try to live in the presence of God."
-Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Dean, David Cardozo Academy
"Rabbi Francis Nataf is a leading educator who in all his writings has helped us deepen our engagement with the Divine text....His readings are insightful, nuanced, and pregnant with thought-provoking insights on the characters and heroes of the book of Exodus. Rabbi Nataf skillfully deploys a vast command of the exegetical work of the Jewish tradition as well as displays judicious use of the works of modern writers who have enriched our understanding of the Bible. This has been coupled with a close and careful reading of the Biblical text oriented to unlock the existential truths that emerge....I highly recommend this volume to all students of Torah, at all levels."
-Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Chair, Departments of Bible and Jewish Thought, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
"Rabbi Nataf hasdelivered a most eloquent traditional, yet modern Bible commentary, this time, to the ancient Exodus experience and Passover saga. He clearly defines and expounds upon the God-human communications relationship throughout, demonstrating this as an essential component to our very spiritual, as well as physical existence."
-Alan Jay Gerber, The Jewish Star (Long Island, NY)