One of Europe’s bestselling authors makes his American debut with a provocative new book. Roger Sabbah’s Secrets of the Jews: Book One challenges several enduring myths of the Bible and contends with one of the most captivating figures in the Old Testament -- Moses himself. The first five books of the Old Testament tell the story of nomadic shepherds, known as Hebrews, who spoke to God directly rather than through the written word. Their elders Abraham, Joseph, and Moses are described as anointed beings with divine stature and have had prominent roles in Western civilization. What intrigues Sabbah, and what he shares with his readers, is that there are no traces of the Hebrews’ existence until fifteen hundred years after the Bible was written. Secrets of the Jews is Sabbah’s journey to claim the truth and to discern fact from fiction. Book One begins with Moses, regarded as the universal law-giver by all three monotheist religions and the most symbolic patriarch by all accounts. In the pages of his book, Sabbah is able to bring to life the fascinating character of Moses. As an established historian and a firm believer, the author contends that Moses is really Ramses the Pharaoh and the Jews, his subjects. Secrets of the Jews is the first in a series that illustrates the Old Testament as a discreet but nevertheless emblematic chronicle of the Egyptian Pharaohs. During ancient times, it was thought that writing was the most sacred of acts, considered the language of the gods, and was used as proof of man’s will to grasp the mysteries of creation. Ultimately, it provided the foundation for Middle Eastern religions and served as inspiration for Roger Sabbah’s powerful collection.