Reading Exodus with Leon Kass: The Meaning of Amalek

Why is the Lord so adamant about obliterating Amalek, and why does He make His intentions known?

An illustration from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible illustrations depicting Joshua fighting Amalek as in Exodus 17. Wikipedia.

An illustration from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible illustrations depicting Joshua fighting Amalek as in Exodus 17. Wikipedia.

Observation
Jan. 29 2021
About the author

Leon R. Kass is Professor Emeritus in the College and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and Scholar Emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute. A physician, scientist, educator, and public intellectual, he served in 2001-2005 as chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. His books include The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis.


Once a week for the next few months, Mosaic will be publishing brief excerpts of Leon R. Kass’s new book on Exodus, Founding God’s Nation. Curious about one of the foundational texts of the Jewish tradition? Read along with us. To see earlier excerpts, go here.

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