Utilizing the theory of hegemonic masculinity and homosociality, Moses: Man Among Men? explores the relationships that Moses shares with other male characters. While the dynamic nature of hegemonic masculinity is recognized, Anthony Rees builds on the categories of masculinity already well-established within the existing literature on masculinity in Old Testament characterization. The author argues that almost uniformly, Moses is presented in ways which elevate him at the expense of these other male characters. Recognizing the social dimension of gender performance, and in particular the homosocial nature of masculine identity, this book also pays attention to the social nature of these relationships, in particular those of Moses’ family members.
Anthony Rees is senior lecturer in Old Testament at Charles Sturt University.
Chapter One: Moses the Man
Chapter Two: Moses and Aaron
Chapter Three: Moses and his Father-in-Law
Chapter Four: Moses and Pharaoh (and Yahweh)
Chapter Five: Moses and Korah
Chapter Six: Moses and Phinehas
Chapter Seven: Moses and Yahweh
About the Author
Moses: Man Among Men? is a must-read on what it means to be a man in the Bible that breathes new life into its ancient and familiar stories. Rees’s fresh take transforms Moses the myth into Moses the man. By showing how Moses becomes a man, then outmans all those upon whom his manhood depends, Rees compellingly reveals the complexity of Moses’s character and relationships that any contemporary reader will recognize and appreciate.
How does the Bible portray the many-sided masculinities of the man Moses? Anthony Rees argues in his book Moses: Man Among Men? that the best way to answer that question is to focus on Moses’ relationships with other male characters in the Bible—brother Aaron, Pharaoh, father-in-law Jethro, cousin Korah, nephew Phinehas, and most significantly, God/YHWH. This well written, nuanced, and insightful literary portrait of Moses brings together careful narrative analysis, masculinity studies, and judicious attention to detail to give the reader a compelling portrait of the man Moses, the most important leader of ancient Israel in the Hebrew Bible.