The Book Title is:
The Passover You Thought You Knew and The Exodus That Might Have Been
by Rabbi David Fohrman
The most important factor for this cover is that it be sexy. (When I say sexy, I don't mean literal sexiness. The audience is somewhat religious, so stay away from naked people.) It can be ornate and detailed, or it can be blank and simple. The most important part is that be attractive and that you make people want to pick it up. I want to go with styles that are very modern, cover styles that might be on the best seller list, or on books in airport shops. Catchy and beautiful.
The book is about the Biblical Exodus -So Pharaoh, Moses, 10 Plagues, Pyramids, standard iconography. Please stay away from specifically Christian imagery (no crosses) since we are trying to appeal to both a Jewish AND Christian audience.
A couple of notes for inspiration:
-The book takes the normal Exodus story with Israelites leaving Egypt and tries to show that the story we might have been taught as children is much more mature, and that God had an agenda. He wanted to reveal to the world that He is the One God, Creator of the Universe, and that He is the Father of mankind. Egypt was the most powerful nation of the day, and if He could convince them, then he could convince the rest of the world. The book argues that there didn't need to be plagues, or suffering, but that Moses and God tried to negotiate with a stubborn and cruel Pharaoh who brought destruction to his own people
-The book also explores the earlier stories of Joseph and Pharaoh in Egypt, showing that Israel and Egypt were meant to work together to usher in a messianic age of cooperation. God is father, and Israel is only one son among many. Egypt and Israel are meant to walk hand in hand. This is the Exodus that might have been.
-Key scenes in the book: Moses arguing with Pharaoh, Plagues, The plague of the death of the firstborn, The imagery of that night with the blood on the doorposts, and darkness and death, with salvation for Israel.
Also super key scene: The splitting of the sea, Israel crossing, with Egypt, its horses and chariots following them in pursuit. This is a key scene because it mirrors an event in the past at the funeral of Jacob, at the end of the book of Genesis, Where Joseph and his brothers carry Jacob's casket, and Egypt sends an honor guard of horses and chariots to give glory to Jacob and to God.