Where God Was Born : A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion
Overview - At a time when America debates its values and the world braces for religious war, Bruce Feiler, author of the New York Times bestsellers Walking the Bible and Abraham, travels ten thousand miles through the heart of the Middle East -- Israel, Iraq, and Iran -- and examines the question: Is religion tearing us apart ... Read more...
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At a time when America debates its values and the world braces for religious war, Bruce Feiler, author of the New York Times bestsellers Walking the Bible and Abraham, travels ten thousand miles through the heart of the Middle East -- Israel, Iraq, and Iran -- and examines the question: Is religion tearing us apart ... or can it bring us together?
Where God Was Born combines the adventure of a wartime chronicle, the excitement of an archaeological detective story, and the insight of personal spiritual exploration. Taking readers to biblical sites not seen by Westerners for decades, Feiler's journey uncovers little-known details about the common roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and affirms the importance of the Bible in today's world.
In his intimate, accessible style, Feiler invites readers on a never-in-a-lifetime experience:
Israel Feiler takes a perilous helicopter dive over Jerusalem, treks through secret underground tunnels, and locates the spot where David toppled Goliath.
Iraq After being airlifted into Baghdad, Feiler visits the Garden of Eden and the birthplace of Abraham, and makes a life-threatening trip to the rivers of Babylon.
Iran Feiler explores the home of the Bible's first messiah and uncovers the secret burial place of Queen Esther.
In Where God Was Born, Feiler discovers that at the birth of Western religion, all faiths drew from one another and were open to coexistence. Feiler's bold realization is that the Bible argues for interfaith harmony. It cannot be ceded to one side in the debate over values. Feiler urges moderates to take back the Bible and use its powerful voice as a beacon of shared ideals.
In his most ambitious work to date, Bruce Feiler has written a brave, uplifting story that stirs the deepest chords of our time. Where God Was Born offers a rare, universal vision of God that can inspire different faiths to an allegiance of hope.
- ISBN-13: 9780060574871
- ISBN-10: 0060574879
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: September 2005
- Page Count: 405
- Dimensions: 9.24 x 6.3 x 1.34 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.49 pounds
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Where God Was Born
Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion is Bruce Feiler's sequel to his best-selling Walking the Bible. Feiler explores both the historical and geographical realities behind the latter books of the Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the Old Testament), from the times of Joshua, the Judges and the Kings into the ages of the Prophets, the Exile and the Diaspora. Journeying to the Middle East, from Jerusalem through war-torn Iraq and even into the totalitarian theocracy of Iran, Feiler follows the transition of the Jewish faith from one based on a single locationJerusalem and the Holy Landto a faith which understood that God is bound to no location, but is everywhere. Tying ancient history, myth and legend with modern conflicts and experiences, Feiler searches not only for God's personal call, but for his message to all people todayhow do we find in our common roots a mutual understanding of God, our world and each other? Where God Was Born is thought-provoking and challenging to individuals of every faith or none at all.