By Bruce Feiler
The exodus tale is America's tale.
Moses is our genuine founding father.
during this groundbreaking publication, New York Times bestselling writer Bruce Feiler travels via touchstones in American historical past and lines the biblical prophet's impression from the Mayflower via this day. Feiler visits the island the place the pilgrims spent their first Sabbath, climbs the bell tower the place the freedom Bell used to be 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 experience tale, one half literary detective tale, one half exploration of religion in modern lifestyles, America's Prophet takes readers from Gettysburg to Selma, the Silver monitor to the Oval place of work, to appreciate how Moses formed the nation's personality. America's Prophet is an exciting unique paintings of background that might perpetually swap how we view the United States, our religion and our destiny.
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Here Moses faces his third choice. Will he accept this tempting offer to choose a people made in his image, or will he continue to struggle with the one made in God’s? In his greatest act of leadership, Moses opts for selflessness over self. He talks God out of his impulse. Then, turning to the orgying masses, Moses hurls the tablets to the ground and compels the Israelites to sign the covenant, though not before thousands are killed for apostasy. God provides replacement tablets, and the Israelites continue on toward the Promised Land.
It’s one of the great spots in the world, to sit here and look out at this landscape and realize that most of it was quite accidental,” he said in an accent that suggested he could teach the king a few things about the King’s English. ” I asked. “I like the notion that ‘On the Sabbath day we rested,’” he said. “They had church. That I can understand. ” I asked him why this group of radical Christians was so openly motivated by Moses. “By the early 1600s, English translations of the Bible had been around for almost seventy-five years,” he said.
When I first pitched up in town, I quickly learned that the Pilgrims’ legacy is nursed by a tight-knit gentry of descendants and devotees who protect the Mayflower like Beefeaters guarding the crown jewels. Roger was kind enough to invite me along on their expedition. “It’s very difficult to get in and out of this harbor,” he continued, “but it’s well channeled. ” He smiled. ” Almost everything about the Pilgrims’ mission was spectacularly poorly planned. Like the Israelites, the Pilgrims were so convinced they were chosen by God that they didn’t prepare themselves for the harsh conditions they would face in the wilderness.
America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story by Bruce Feiler