With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah
Amy Ehrlich & Daniel Nevins
Candlewick, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
he Torah is the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, which Christians call the Old Testament. It tells the story of the beginning of the Jewish people and their relationship with God. From Adam and Eve to the first patriarch, Abraham, to Moses, who led his people out of Egypt to the promised land, the stories in the Torah have been studied and revered since it was first written down nearly 3,000 years ago.
n this special volume Amy Ehrlich offers an authentic, lyrical adaptation that is presented as a continuous narrative. Accompanying the text are paintings of Daniel Nevins that capture the wonders of these stories. '
When I set out to write a version of the Torah, I soon determined that my best way forward would be to follow the thread of its story,
' explains Ehrlich. '
I would tease this out little by little and go wherever the story led me.
hrlich continues, '
Inevitably, this being the Torah, it led me through thickets of genealogy, law, and ritual. I've included portions of these – enough, I hope, to give readers a sense of how the ancient Israelites experienced their faith, and how some observant Jews still do.
eautifully designed and executed,
With a Mighty Hand
will become a cherished possession of any child who receives this special volume.
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