Reading Exodus with Leon Kass: The Meaning of Amalek https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/religion-holidays/2021/01/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?

January 29, 2021 | Leon R. Kass
About the author: Leon R. Kass is dean of the faculty at Shalem College, 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 from 2001-2005 as chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics.

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

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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