Is 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 ...
Is 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.
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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.
Oct 20, 2011
A trip through Biblical time
A must read for anyone interested in Biblical history of the first five books. Great information on how those same places look today, and how accessible they are today..
Nov 25, 2010
This is a very interesting book. It helps a lot with the history of Moses. The book arrived in great shape, just as listed.
Nov 18, 2010
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.
Nov 18, 2010
This is a great book. I felt like I was on the journey, too.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-02-12 Prolific author Feiler has turned from his earlier subject (clowning, in Under the Big Top) to more serious fare: the Bible and the Middle East. Jewish author Feiler offers himself here as a pilgrim, walking through biblical lands and interviewing individuals from many religious traditions and walks of life. He reads the stories of the Pentateuch in the places they are thought to have happened, he records the latest archaeological understandings of the Bible, and he wrestles with his own faith. Of course, contemporary politics sneaks into the story, too; Arab-Israeli conflicts are hard to avoid when one is writing about the biblical Canaan. Feiler is an accomplished wordsmith. When he describes the "smells of dawn cinnamon, cardamom, a whiff of burnt sugar," the reader is transported to Turkey. He has the rare talent of being able to write in the second person, a gift he uses sparingly here: "Light. The first thing you notice about the desert is the light." In the sections of the book where his content is banal (readers can only take so many descriptions of dusty museums, bustling streets and breathtaking sunsets), Feiler's prose carries the narrative through. This book belongs on the shelves next to classics such as Wendy Orange's Coming Home to Jerusalem. Readers who find Westerners' encounters with the Holy Land enchanting will cherish this book. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2004-10-25 Bruce Feiler adapts his adult title, Walking the Bible, which recounts his trek through the Holy Land, in this kid-friendly version, Walking the Bible: An Illustrated Journey for Kids Through the Greatest Stories Ever Told, illus. by Sasha Meret. The author's photographs as well as Meret's line illustrations cover the sites of his route and maps as well as swirling, fantasy-influenced images of desert travelers surrounding Old Testament passages. He combines vivid regional descriptions with his own musings and revelations: "The Nile is to rivers what the Bible is to books: big, long, and important." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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