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By James A. Michener

In his signature type 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 historical past 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 fashionable clash within the heart East. An epic story of affection, power, and religion, The resource is a richly written saga that encompasses the heritage of Western civilization and the good spiritual and cultural principles that experience formed our world.
 
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“Fascinating . . . wonderful . . . [a] amazing rampage via heritage . . . Biblical historical past, as visible during the eyes of a professor who's wondered, appalled, overjoyed, enriched and impoverished by way 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, historical and glossy: 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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Past the chains the patriarch observed for the 1st time a Canaanite city, with its crowded streets, its tempting outlets, its humans of many faces and sundry derivations. He was once bedazzled by means of the sweetness of this position, but instinctively suspicious of it, for he may believe the oppressive weight of the partitions and the complicated demeanour during which one condo crowded in upon the opposite, in order that no guy or condo had a lot house to itself. In his first second of having a look into the mysterious city he longed for the liberty of the wasteland and questioned back if his extended family used to be making an errors in coming to this kind of payment. Governor Uriel, flanked by way of guards in leather-based armor, moved ahead to greet the outdated guy. “I am Uriel, governor of Makor,” the Canaanite acknowledged. “I am Zadok ben Zebul, correct arm of El-Shaddai, looking a spot for my humans. ” “Are you ready to pay taxes? ” Zadok nodded, and the Canaanite acknowledged, “Along the roads the fields are taken. yet past them lie wealthy pasturelands and components the place vines will develop. ” His phrases have been extra conciliatory than he had meant, however the outdated guy had spoken with such simplicity that the governor intuitively cherished him, and judged instantaneous that Makor might prosper with any such guy as a part of its supplement. “Which fields do you converse of? ” the Hebrew requested. “Beyond the olive grove. past the sphere of oaks. all of the region major right down to the swamp. ” Then he grew to become from the empty fields and pointed to the mountain. “But in this land you could now not live, for it belongs to Baal. ” The previous guy nodded, for anyplace he had taken his humans in past times 40 years yes locations have been sacred to definite gods, and even though he didn't worship such gods himself he understood whilst others did so. “We admire the gods of all excessive places,” he acknowledged. He, too, felt that the assembly used to be going good, and the apprehensions pronounced by way of his sons came upon no echo in him. evidently Makor used to be a city of wealth yet its far away fields have been mendacity waste, and it was once in basic terms good for the city rulers to welcome strangers. One aspect although needed to be clarified: “We worship El-Shaddai, he of the mountain. ” Uriel frowned and drew again, for this was once an issue on which he couldn't compromise. “The mountain belongs to Baal,” he repeated. “Of path! ” Zadok agreed, and the Canaanite breathed extra simply. “The mountain might be sacred to Baal, for the mountain that El-Shaddai occupies isn't that pile of rocks nor the only past, however the different mountain that no guy ever sees. ” “Then there isn't any clash? ” Uriel requested with aid. “None,” the patriarch stated in truth, yet Uriel spotted that the previous man’s eyes glowed with an severe fireplace resembling he had by no means visible before—the passionate hearth of zealotry—and initially the Canaanite used to be susceptible to attract again from the Hebrew, as one may well from a specific thing unknown, yet then the fires subsided and he observed in simple terms Zadok, a cheap petitioner. “I will opt for you to the fields,” he acknowledged. Summoning his Hittite guards Uriel led the best way from town and walked one of the Hebrews, who had clustered close to the partitions looking forward to the end result of the assembly.

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