Chapter

Back to the Future

Melanie J. Wright

in Moses in America

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152265
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834884 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152263.003.0002

Series: AAR Cultural Criticism Series

 Back to the Future

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This chapter discusses muckraking journalist Lincoln Steffens's 1926 book Moses in Red in relation to developments in historical criticism, and social gospel Christianity. It also looks at Steffens's identification of Moses with Lenin, and the Promised Land with Soviet Russia. It discusses the difficulties surrounding the publication and promotion of the book, particularly in relation to similar, yet popular competitors such as Bruce Barton's The Man Nobody Knows, and argues that Moses in Red (from its author's standpoint) unexpectedly failed because it breached the cultural agreement about the meanings of the Exodus story in 1920s America.

Keywords: Barton; Exodus; historical criticism; Moses in Red; social gospel; Soviet; Steffens

Chapter.  13417 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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