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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
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GERICKE, Jaco. The Meaning of Moses' Life: An Analytic and Comparative-Philosophical Perspective. Old testam. essays [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.2, pp.315-336. ISSN 2312-3621.

Against the backdrop of the problem of the meaning of life as constructed in contemporary analytic philosophy of religion, this article asks the question of what the supposed meaning(s) of the biblical character of Moses' life were assumed to be. By comparing a variety of contemporary philosophical perspectives on life's meaning with what appears to be related nascent metaphysical presuppositions in the world(s) of the biblical text, the pros and cons of reading with an anachronistic philosophical-theological meta-language are clearly demonstrated. It is concluded that what Moses' life might have meant cannot be reduced either to a singular purpose or a unified teleology. Given the complex construction of his character's personal identity over time, the point of it all remains fragmented, plural and elusive.

Keywords : Moses; meaning of life; analytic philosophy; comparative philosophy.

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