Monarchs, Mayhem, and Murder
MONARCHS, MAYHEM AND MURDER
Biblical narratives are honest about the failures and weaknesses of their characters, in contrast to most ANE literature, in which the heroes of stories—especially national heroes—are commonly portrayed in an unrealistically good light. So blunt is the criticism that Moses brought on himself as he wrote about his murdering the Egyptian that some critical scholars have even identified 2:11–15 as representative of an Israelite tradition hostile to Moses (cf. T. Butler, “An Anti-Moses Tradition,” JSOT 12 : 9–15). Cf. also B. Childs, “Moses’ Slaying in the Theology of the Two Testaments,” in Biblical Theology in Crisis (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1970), 164–83.
Only little men are ever satisfied with their accomplishments—that’s why they remain little. The big men are never satisfied that’s why they become great.