The test of this book took me back to my Old Testament, and I reread Exodus, and parts of Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, with keener appreciation and understanding. I like this better than the author's Father Abraham. Hardy builds upon the Old Testament brief story of Moses' youth in the court of Pharoah and half of his story follows the years in pagan Egypt, while he thought himself grandson of the Pharoah, and was mighty in his pride. Then comes his discovery that he is one of the hated Hebrew race, slaves of the Egyptians, and his expulsion. From this point Hardy holds more closely to the Bible narrative, tracing in more detail, Moses' formative years with the desert tribe of the Kenites, his abortive attempt to free his people, his deepening realization that salvation must come from within, and his final success in achieving the escape of the Hebrews from their masters. This is -- however --not only a dramatic retelling of the more or less familiar story. It is, first, a vivid recreation of a period and people and a way of life; it is, next, a very human record of a very human figure, with his passions and his ambitions and his thirst for revenue and his deepening spirituality. I found it exceedingly good reading, rightly classed with Sholem Asch and Thomas Mann.