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This chapter focuses on various humanistic Renaissance texts as well as others of the very early modern age aims to assess representations of Moses, a paradigmatic figure who proves to be a useful ‘sensor’: if at the beginning of the Renaissance Moses was predominantly a lawgiver and leader, the image of Moses as an able magician and a religious and political impostor affirmed later, during and especially at the end of the 16th century, when the idea that nature could challenge the role of divinity acquired increasingly greater meaning and depth.

In: The Philosophers and the Bible