Abraham’s journey over the course of his life, the rises and falls, trials and errors, loves and losses, is the single most complex relationship with the Almighty charted in the Pentateuch. Surely—I hear you say—Moses has a whole four books devoted to his adventures! Well, yes and no. Moses is not really the hero of those adventures. After the exodus, his story is more about the prolonged exercise of trying to pound Torah into the easily distracted heads of the Jews than about himself and his relationship with God.
The Most Complicated Character in the Bible
It isn’t Moses, despite the four books devoted to his adventures—it’s Abraham. Why?
Watch Mosaic's Dramatic Reading of Isaac Babel’s “Red Cavalry”
Isaac Babel, Jonathan Silver, Ruth R. Wisse, Gary Saul Morson and Natan Sharansky