The Source

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Fawcett Crest, 1965 - Fiction - 1088 pages
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In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and their persecutions, the impact of Christianity, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition, all the way to the founding of present-day Israel and the Middle-East conflict.
"A sweeping chronology filled with excitement."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
 

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User Review  - saturnloft - LibraryThing

Artifacts found at an archaeological site in Israel provide the foundations for a series of fictional snapshots into the region's history. The time-span covered is ambitious in the usual Michener ... Read full review

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User Review  - herbcat - LibraryThing

Good job by the author in trying to collect rabbinic thought and philosophy and tie and contrast that to other religions and gods. Lots of new understanding for me. The first half of the book is very, very slow, and the book is long. Read full review

Contents

The Tell
1
The Bee Eater 77
76
Of Death and Life
128
An Old Man and His God 165
164
Psalm of the Hoopoe Bird
233
The Voice of Gamer
323
In the Gymnasium
365
King of the Jews
413
The Law
496
A Day in the Life of a Desert Rider
593
Volkmar
635
The Fires of Ma Coeur 693
692
The Saintly Men of Safed
751
Twilight of an Empire
860
Rebbe Itzik and the Sabra 919
953
The Tell
1007

Yigal and His Three Generals
445

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About the author (1965)

James A. Michener was one of the world's most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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