Download e-book for iPad: America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story by Bruce Feiler

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 heritage and lines the biblical prophet's impression 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 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 display to the Oval place of work, to appreciate how Moses formed the nation's personality. America's Prophet is an exciting unique paintings of historical past that might without end swap how we view the US, our religion and our destiny.

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But it often doesn’t work out. We have the Revolution, but then slavery. We have the Civil War, but then Jim Crow. It’s similar to the pattern described in the Hebrew Bible. First they’re faithful, then they become successful. Then they become unfaithful, God destroys them, and they become unsuccessful again. ” “I’m beginning to think that cycle of failure is one reason Moses endures through so many generations in America,” I said. ” “Indeed! As the Bible suggests, there is never going to be a moment of extended success.

They chose the 2,080-pound bell that once hung in the belfry of the State House of Pennsylvania. And they did so not because of its shape, its sound, or even its crack. They made the Liberty Bell the icon of America because of the eleven words molded near its crown that were taken from the story of Moses and linked the aspirations of the United States to the ideals formed on the shores of the Red Sea and sung from the mountaintops of Sinai. But how did this happen exactly? How did a quote from one of the most frustrating books of the Bible end up as the beloved watchword of American freedom?

The village includes thatched cottages, herb gardens, and dozens of re-enactors in buckled shoes, bonnets, and white lacy collars. ’s in their pockets instead of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Jim Baker had suggested I meet the park’s premier historian, John Kemp, the author of a book about 1620, who that day was playing the role of William Brewster, the preacher on the Mayflower. He had a gray Vandyke and was tending a fire on his hearth. He offered to show me his Bible. “Our leader has a phrase he often mutters—Scrutinized Scriptures,” Kemp, er, Elder Brewster, said.

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