The Source: A Novel

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. throughout the discoveries of recent archaeologists excavating the positioning of inform Makor, Michener vividly re-creates lifestyles in an old urban and strains the profound heritage 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 non secular and cultural principles that experience formed our world.
 
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“Fascinating . . . beautiful . . . [a] terrific rampage via background . . . Biblical background, as noticeable during the eyes of a professor who's questioned, appalled, overjoyed, enriched and impoverished by means of the spectacle of a land the place all males are archeologists.”The big apple Times
 
“A sweeping [novel] jam-packed with excitement—pagan ritual, the conflict of armies, historic and glossy: the evolving drama of man’s faith.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing either in scope and strategy . . . one of many nice books of this generation.”San Francisco name Bulletin

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It's not prostitution,” she stated. “Those women are priestesses. And your individual daughter Leah despatched Zibeon to lie with them, the way in which I despatched Uriel whilst i used to be pregnant. To insure a simple supply. previous guy, those rites are worthy, and your daughter has extra experience than you do. ” Zadok didn't pay attention what Rahab used to be announcing. He was once so ecstatic over El-Shaddai’s provide to avoid wasting Makor that he anticipated others to react as he had performed, and after they didn't he turned pressured, yet sooner than he may react to the advent of his daughter’s identify, Zibeon joined the assembly, bringing Leah with him. whilst the woman observed her father, bewildered and looking out very outdated together with his unkempt beard, she ran to him with compassion and might have kissed him, but if he observed her the phrases of Rahab took which means and along with his employees he fended her off, asking, “Did you ship your husband to the prostitutes? ” Zibeon spoke back, “I went to the temple to guard your daughter in childbirth. ” The patriarch checked out his son-in-law with pity and acknowledged, “You have dedicated an abomination. ” “But you agreed that i used to be unfastened to worship Astarte,” the younger guy protested. Then Leah interrupted: “I requested him to move, for my sake. ” Leah’s voice, uttering such phrases, startled the outdated guy and he leaned ahead to check her face, whereas a hideous worry took ownership of his brain. “Leah,” he requested, “did you furthermore may take your self to the male prostitutes, consorting with them within the comparable demeanour? ” “Yes,” his daughter responded with out disgrace. “It is how the ladies of Makor worship. ” “And in case you have a son, will you supply him to the hearth god? ” “Yes. it's the customized of this city. ” Zadok drew again from the 4 Canaanites, for after this confession his daughter may possibly not be a Hebrew, and he used to be struck through a dizziness that nearly felled him. yet he controlled to concentration his weary eyes upon the 4 doomed faces, and while he observed them essentially, uncomprehending and obstinate of their sin, he discovered that El-Shaddai had prepared tonight to express the genuine abomination of town. but even in that second of discovery he remembered the god’s promise that if the Canaanites may still repent they can nonetheless be kept. elevating his correct arm he pointed an extended bony finger at Uriel and requested, “For the final time, will you order those abominations to stop? ” nobody spoke. Directing his finger at Leah and her husband he requested, “Will you abandon this doomed city, now? ” Neither spoke, so he fell to his knees and knocked his head 3 times upon the tiles, and from this place appeared up on the governor, pleading, “As the humblest of your slaves, am i able to beg you to save lots of your self? ” The Canaanite made no answer, so the previous guy pulled himself again to his toes. on the door he grew to become again and pointed to every of the 4 in flip after which to town. “This shall all be destroyed. ” And he used to be long past. It used to be too past due to visit mattress, so Rahab known as for a few nutrients and acknowledged, “Your father appears like an outdated idiot. ” “In the desolate tract he usually talked to himself,” Leah defined.

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