"The Tables of the Law" recounts the early life of Moses, his preparations for leading his people out of Egypt, the exodus itself and the incidents at the oasis Kadesh, and the engraving of the stone tables of the law at Sinai.
In Thomas Mann's ironic and telling style, this most dramatic and significant story in the Hebrew Bible takes on a new (and at times, witty) life and meaning.
Like Joseph and His Brothers, it represents Mann's art at its best.
He who dares to retell the story of the exodus must be bold, but to succeed he must be inspired as well.
Here one would say Mann was inspired.
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