Angels Sweep the Desert Floor: Bible Legends About Moses in the Wilderness

Angels Sweep the Desert Floor: Bible Legends About Moses in the Wilderness


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Rabbis in ancient times believed that the answers to all questions could be found somewhere in the Bible. “Turn it and turn it, for everything is in it,” they said. Each answer the rabbis found became a type of story, a midrash. Miriam Chaikin examines familiar midrashim, or stories from the Old Testament. This collection of eighteen moving and lyrical tales follows Moses and the Israelites as they wander the desert, sate their hunger with manna bread, receive the Ten Commandments, and, ultimately, reach the Holy Land. Glowing paintings capture the majesty of heaven and the grace of angels who watch over the Israelites during their difficult journey. Biblical notes, bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395978252
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/22/2002
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Miriam Chaikin is the prize-winning author of more than 30 books for young readers. She lives in New York City and spends part of each year in Israel.

Alexander Koshkin has illustrated several books for Clarion. He lives in Moscow, Russia.

Table of Contents

1.The Sacred Rod7
2.The World Above, the World Below12
3.Gifts in the Wilderness16
4.The Miriam Well23
5.By the Mouth of the Cloud28
6.Angel Raziel33
7.Moses Silences the Angels36
8.Something Entirely New40
9.The Mountains Argue44
10.Satan Tries to Interfere47
11.But Do You See God?52
12.The Blue Flame55
13.The Shekina Calms Hearts59
14.Miriam and the Well Are Gone66
15.Eighty Thousand Youths Named Aaron72
16.Moses Pleads for Himself74
17.Moses Does Not Want to Die78
Source Books Consulted and Drawn Upon101

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