Moses died and the people moved on: A hidden narrative in Deuteronomy

@article{Kugler2018MosesDA,
  title={Moses died and the people moved on: A hidden narrative in Deuteronomy},
  author={Gili Kugler},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the Old Testament},
  year={2018},
  volume={43},
  pages={191 - 204}
}
  • G. Kugler
  • Published 1 December 2018
  • History
  • Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
The Torah states that Moses died at the age of 120, a ripe old age at which to die. Nevertheless, his death is usually considered tragically premature, as it came before completing his life mission to reach the Promised Land. This interpretation, however, is not the only possible way to approach the story of Moses’ end. From among the numerous references in the Torah that present the grounds of the fate of the protagonist, a different narrative can be extracted. This article traces the… 

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