Milestones: Four Years Ago In Time

This week a look at the biblical Abraham traces the vital role he plays in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In 1998 TIME focused on the historic power of another Old Testament figure, MOSES.

It is our nature to search for heroes, and Moses, rebel and saint, is as relevant today as he ever was. He is a metaphor for our times, proof that a single flawed human being can be chosen to change the world. Is it any wonder then that the great and the small cite him for inspiration? Martin Luther King Jr. evoked him in his thunderingly prophetic speeches....

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