By Bruce Feiler
The exodus tale is America's tale.
Moses is our actual founding father.
during this groundbreaking ebook, New York Times bestselling writer Bruce Feiler travels via touchstones in American historical past and lines the biblical prophet's impact from the Mayflower via at the present time. Feiler visits the island the place the pilgrims spent their first Sabbath, climbs the bell tower the place the freedom Bell was once inscribed with a quote from Moses, retraces the Underground Railroad the place "Go Down, Moses" used to be the nationwide anthem of slaves, and dons the gown Charlton Heston wore in The Ten Commandments.
One half event tale, one half literary detective tale, one half exploration of religion in modern existence, America's Prophet takes readers from Gettysburg to Selma, the Silver monitor to the Oval workplace, to appreciate how Moses formed the nation's personality. America's Prophet is an exhilarating unique paintings of historical past that might eternally switch how we view the USA, our religion and our destiny.
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Extra info for America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story
In ensuing years, I continued my biblical wanderings, traveling through Israel, Iraq, and, with my bride, Iran. “A honeymoon in the Axis of Evil,” she called it. A year later she gave birth to identical twin girls: Eden, for the Garden of Eden; and Tybee, for the beach near Savannah where I grew up and where we celebrated our wedding. They seemed like emblems of our lives: ten toes in the Middle East, ten toes at home. One theme of these travels was exploring the explosive mix of religion and politics.
This time Moses hesitates. ” he asks God. ” God is unmoved. He unleashes a series of miracles, and finally Moses relents. More than just a husband and a father, Moses elects to become a savior. The man of choices chooses to lead the chosen people. ” God unfolds a series of ten plagues designed to impress upon the pharaoh the power of the Lord. The early four are nuisances—blood, frogs, lice, and insects. The next four are more serious—pestilence, inflammation, hail, and locusts. The ninth is an act of terror, covering the country in darkness.
And on the afternoon of July 4, after passing the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress asked John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin to come up with a public face of the new United States. They chose Moses. Decades later, when Americans went looking for a symbol of 1776, they didn’t select the Declaration of Independence, the building where it was signed, or a myriad of other relics from Philadelphia. They chose the 2,080-pound bell that once hung in the belfry of the State House of Pennsylvania.