Is the Bible just an abstraction or a real living entity? This volume aims to answer this question. Part adventure story, part archaeological ...Show synopsisIs the Bible just an abstraction or a real living entity? This volume aims to answer this question. Part adventure story, part archaeological detective work, part spiritual exploration, this is the account of Bruce Feiler's perilous 10,000 mile journey across the Middle East in search of the roots of the Bible. The book: traces Biblical events from the landing of Noah's ark on Mount Ararat in Turkey to the site of the legendary burning bush overlooking the promised land; gathers the latest archaeological research about each site; follows passages of the Bible in their actual settings; and explores how geography affects the larger narrative of the Old Testament.Hide synopsis
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It is very hard to categorize this non-fiction book; it?s a travel diary, spiritual in nature and very interesting. I?ve read several other books by Feiler and always find the way he shares his thoughts to be compelling reading.
Feiler is accompanied by a paid walking companion -- archaeologist Avner Goren, who was a chief archaeologist of the Sinai Peninsula -- no slouch, indeed. Goren?s knowledge of Biblical archaeology was amazing; his comments were pithy and often profound.
As Bruce Feiler is sharing his feelings and reinterpreting what he knows through the experiences he communicates to us, I feel changed too. I sense that I am seeing the first five books of the Bible in a whole new manner. In no way did I think that Feiler and Goren were proselytizing; they were sharing their experiences, so I could see the Bible through a different ? and more personal -- prism.
The book was even more interesting than I expected. It is more than a journey. It was an encounter of the past with the present. That encounter offers a perspective both to the biblical history and acontinuing connection to the present.
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