The Source: A Novel

By James A. Michener

In his signature kind of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us again millions of years to the Holy Land. in the course of the discoveries of recent archaeologists excavating the positioning of inform Makor, Michener vividly re-creates lifestyles in an historic 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 center East. An epic story of affection, power, and religion, The resource is a richly written saga that encompasses the background of Western civilization and the good spiritual and cultural principles that experience formed our world.
 
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“Fascinating . . . attractive . . . [a] very good rampage via background . . . Biblical background, as noticeable during the eyes of a professor who's wondered, appalled, extremely joyful, enriched and impoverished by way of the spectacle of a land the place all males are archeologists.”The big apple Times
 
“A sweeping [novel] choked 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 approach . . . one of many nice books of this generation.”San Francisco name Bulletin

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However the Jewish faith was once an inner factor, a procedure for organizing existence instead of construction edifices, and no Jewish spiritual constructions have been seen. Even on the dockside his creation to the Jewish kingdom used to be postponed, for the 1st guy who well-known him was once a genial, handsome Arab in his past due thirties, dressed nattily in western outfits, who referred to as from the shore in English, “Welcome! Welcome! Everything’s prepared. ” generations of British and American archaeologists were greeted with this heartening name, both by means of the current Jemail Tabari or via his recognized uncle, Mahmoud, who had labored on many of the historical digs within the quarter. Dr. Cullinane, from the Biblical Museum in Chicago, was once reassured. for a few years he had dreamed of excavating one of many silent mounds within the Holy Land, maybe even to discover extra clues to the heritage of guy and his gods as they interacted during this historic land; and as he waited for the freighter to tie up he appeared around the bay to Akko, that jewel of a seaport, the place rather a lot of the background he was once approximately to probe had all started. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and at last Richard the Lion center and his Crusaders had all come to that harbor in wonderful panoply, and to persist with of their footsteps used to be for an archaeologist like Cullinane a privilege. “I wish I do a very good job,” he whispered. once he cleared the papers for the ponderous volume of kit kept within the freighter—the books, the chemical compounds, the photographic apparatus, the little Diesel locomotive, the thousand issues a layman wouldn't imagine of—he ran down the gangplank and embraced Tabari, and the Arab said, “Things couldn’t be going larger. Dr. Bar-El could be the following presently. the opposite american citizens are already dug in, and the photographer is flying down from London this afternoon. ” “Weather been stable? ” Cullinane requested. He was once a lean, tall guy simply coming into his forties, an Irish Catholic knowledgeable at Harvard and Grenoble, with excavation adventure in Arizona, Egypt and the realm south of Jerusalem. lower than general conditions it will were not likely for a Catholic to move one of these dig, for the sooner box administrators of the Biblical Museum had frequently been Protestant priests, however the bulk of the money for this actual dig had come from a Chicago Jew who had acknowledged, “Isn’t it approximately time we had a qualified doing the paintings? ” and Cullinane have been agreed upon, quite considering the fact that he spoke Hebrew, a bit Arabic and French. He was once the crop-headed kind of new student, solidly educated and never given to nonsense. On his departure from Chicago, loaded with apparatus, he have been requested via a newspaperman if he anticipated to dig up any documents which might end up that the Bible used to be precise. Cullinane spoke back, “No, we’re now not out to assist God regular the ark. ” The impudent answer were broadly quoted, but if the businessman who had post the zone of 1000000 money for the dig observed the wisecrack he felt reassured that his funds was once in sober fingers. “Weather’s flawless,” the Arab answered, talking with the fluent ease of a guy whose father were Sir Tewfik Tabari O.

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