Release the Sun

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 323 pages
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Millennial fervor gripped many people around the world during the first half of the nineteenth century. While Christians expected the return of Christ, a wave of expectation swept through Islam that the Lord of the Age would appear. Both Christians and Muslims believed that a new spiritual age was about to begin. In Persia, this messianic expectation reached a dramatic climax on May 23, 1844, when a twenty-five-year-old merchant from Shiraz--the BC!b--announced that He was the bearer of a long-promised Divine Revelation destined to transform the spiritual life of the human race. Against a backdrop of wide-scale moral decay in Persian society, the BC!b's declaration aroused hope and excitement among all classes. He quickly attracted thousands of followers. Why He did so, and why the events of over 150 years ago - including the BC!b's execution and the massacre of some 20,000 of His followers - have relevance today, is one of the great and dramatic untold stories of our time.

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The Promise of the Messiah
The Search Begins
The Promise Is Fulfilled
The Pilgrimage and the Proclamation
The Persecution Begins
The Gende Arrest
The Enchantment of the Kings Messenger
The Kings Summons
The Tumult in Tabrfz
The High Stone Prison
The Massacre at the Fort of Shaykh Tabarsf
A Wonder among Women
The Death of the Wisest Persian
The Seven Heroes of Tihran
The Martyrdom of the Bab

The Avenging Hand of God
The Kindly Governor

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Page 336 - I am, I am, the promised One ! I am the One whose name you have for a thousand years invoked, at whose mention you have risen, whose advent you have longed to witness, and the hour of whose Revelation you have prayed God to hasten. Verily I say, it is incumbent upon the peoples of both the East and the West to obey My word and to pledge allegiance to My person.

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William Sears, M.D., received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital & Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, the largest children's hospital in the world. He has practiced as a pediatrician for nearly thirty years & is a former assistant professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He & Martha Sears are the parents of eight children.

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