By James A. Michener
In his signature variety of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us again hundreds of thousands of years to the Holy Land. during the discoveries of contemporary archaeologists excavating the location of inform Makor, Michener vividly re-creates lifestyles in an old urban and strains the profound background of the Jewish people—from the persecution of the early Hebrews, the increase of Christianity, and the Crusades to the founding of Israel and the trendy clash within the center East. An epic story of affection, power, and religion, The resource is a richly written saga that encompasses the historical past of Western civilization and the good spiritual and cultural principles that experience formed our world.
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“Fascinating . . . attractive . . . [a] superb rampage via background . . . Biblical background, as obvious in the course of the eyes of a professor who's questioned, appalled, extremely joyful, enriched and impoverished by means of the spectacle of a land the place all males are archeologists.”—The ny Times
“A sweeping [novel] packed with excitement—pagan ritual, the conflict of armies, historic and smooth: the evolving drama of man’s faith.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing either in scope and method . . . one of many nice books of this generation.”—San Francisco name Bulletin
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The extended family of Lot had settled the rustic of Moab, whereas the sons of Esau had conquered Edom. in recent times the extended family of Naphtali had swung off to occupy the hill state of the west, yet Zadok had saved his crew within the northern wasteland, listening for the transparent be aware of El-Shaddai that will take him out of the lonely barren region and into the land of promise. The barren region during which the Hebrews had lived for therefore many generations consisted of 3 components. there have been sandy wastes the place not anything grew, and those the nomads shunned, for no guy based upon donkeys may well traverse them; in later years, while camels have been tamed, it'd be attainable to commute those wastes, yet now not now. there have been additionally mammoth expanses of rock and arid land with occasional oases of trustworthy water, and the following males with donkeys may possibly simply slightly dwell; “the wilderness,” this barren region was once referred to as. And, eventually, there have been lengthy stretches of semi-arid land mendacity subsequent to settled farms, with no longer adequate water for the general planting of wheat or olive bushes yet sufficient to nourish sheep and goats, and it was once in those lands that Zadok and his extended family have been dwelling for the earlier 40 years. The wiser Hebrews felt convinced that ultimately El-Shaddai may command them to maneuver on, yet what they didn't comprehend used to be that 3 times the god had ordered Zadok to just do this, however the patriarch have been afraid and had temporized. El-Shaddai, having eventually turn into impatient, had added his most modern command to not previous Zadok yet to the red-headed Epher. because of this message Epher had come to Zadok a few weeks in the past, asserting, “Father, we should stream into the great lands of the west. ” “El-Shaddai will teach us while to maneuver. ” “But he did show us. final evening. He got here to me and acknowledged, ‘Go to the west and undercover agent out the land. ’ ” Zadok had taken Epher via the shoulders and had requested at once, “Did El-Shaddai himself communicate to you? ” And Epher, a hot-headed younger guy of 22, had insisted that the god had come to him. “What form of voice did he use? ” Zadok had probed, yet his son couldn't clarify, and that evening Epher and Ibsha had run off to secret agent out the west. in the course of their absence Zadok had nervous to whether Epher had spoken the reality. Why might El-Shaddai convey a message of such value to a early life? It appeared impossible, yet now the god had in some way proven Epher’s tale, asserting that the following day the younger males might go back with directions for the movement west; and while Zadok mirrored at the subject he needed to admit that it used to be now not so unusual if El-Shaddai had spoken to Epher without delay, for Zadok himself were in basic terms seven while the mysterious god had first spoken to him, announcing, “In the rocks on which your father Zebul sits, there lurks a serpent. ” He had stood transfixed, for the voice got here from nowhere and he couldn't think it. “Go,” the voice persevered, “and warn your father, lest he be bitten by way of that serpent. ” And he had run to the rocks and triggered his father to go away simply because the snake unwound itself from an internal crevice.