The influence of Moses' charismatic leadership on the incipient stages of Israel's religion.

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dc.contributor.author Govender, Brimadevi
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-09T07:07:24Z
dc.date.available 2008-01-09T07:07:24Z
dc.date.issued 2008-01-09T07:07:24Z
dc.date.submitted 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/190
dc.description.abstract This study is about Moses, charismatic leadership, and the beginnings of Israel's religion. At a time when traditional and time-honoured customs were revered and preserved, but proved inadequate, Moses, a charismatically endowed leader, arose and overthrew the old order, and in its place proffered the new in the form of mono-Yahwism, which ultimately became the national Israelite religion. This claim is analysed and discussed in four chapters. Chapter 1 is a preliminary to the thesis and deals with the reason for, and aim of this study, methodological considerations, and has a section presenting, very briefly, the debate on the historicity of Moses. Chapter 2 was composed using literary principles and narrative literature in the book of Exodus, to glean a description of the character of Moses. The next two chapters form the main thrust of this study. Chapter 3 examined Weber's typology of leadership, providing the groundwork for the understanding and contextualization of charismatic leadership. The aim of chapter 4 was to show the characteristics of the charismatic leader, Moses, and how they were instrumental in his formulation of mono-Yahwism. The main points discussed were: Moses' personality, and the social context as a source of his charismatic leadership; the recognition of the charismatic leader and his message; the importance of charisma in Moses' achievements; and some factors that drive the charismatic person. The main methodological thrust is socio-religious, within which Max Weber's interpretative framework of charismatic leadership is employed. The work shows that Moses has the traits of a charismatic leader, and that, through the effect of his personality, he influenced the beginnings of Israelite religion. en
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. J.H. Coetzee en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Moses (biblical leader) en
dc.subject exodus (bible) en
dc.subject israel en
dc.subject religion en
dc.subject charisma (personality trait) en
dc.subject leadership en
dc.title The influence of Moses' charismatic leadership on the incipient stages of Israel's religion. en
dc.type Thesis en

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