Item description for Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler...
Overview In the tradition of Thomas Cahill and Bruce Chatwin, this fascinating book takes readers on a firsthand journey through the greatest stories ever told, drawing from the latest archaeological research about each site and exploring how geography affects the larger narrative of the Bible. Endpaper maps.
Both a heart-racing adventure and an uplifting quest, Walking the Bible describes one man's epic odyssey--by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel--through the greatest stories every told. From crossing the Red Sea to climbing Mount Sinai to touching the burning bush, Bruce Feiler's inspiring journey will forever change your view of some of history's most storied events.
Citations And Professional Reviews Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 897
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 83
Library Journal - 12/20/2000
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 710
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Studio: William Morrow
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2001
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0380977753 ISBN13 9780380977758
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More About Bruce Feiler
Bruce Feiler writes the -This Life- column for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham and The Secrets of Happy Families. He's also the writer/presenter of the PBS series -Walking the Bible- and -Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.-
Bruce Feiler currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses?
Absolutely Beautiful Nov 15, 2006
Bruce Feiler writes in a way that pulls you into the story, takes you along the journey of the patriarchs, Joseph, and Moses. He questions a lot of tradition and applies it to himself and all the people he meets along the way. His guide seems to know a great wealth and only adds understanding to the story - a pure joy to read. I have been waiting for a book that describes the Bible in a realistic sense. After all, these humans are just humans. Maybe a little significant in the least, but just people nonetheless. Too bad Feiler hasn't written for other parts of the Bible! Highly recommended for all scholars and readers of the Pentateuch.
I felt the absence of studied Christians and Muslims... Nov 5, 2006
Feiler is an American Jew and a journalist who, fascinated by the land involved in the Pentateuch (the first part of the Hebrew Bible), undertakes a months-long trek from Turkey to Jordan (Mount Nebo, where Moses was shown the promised land) at times in the company of a learned Israeli archeologist. He admits that he is not `religious' (in the heavy zealous sort of way) but that he feels a pull to the land of the biblical personages, Moses, Abraham, and Jacob, for example. His trip takes him through the Middle Eastern countries of the bible and he examines for the reading the various aspects of the geography he is exploring and the relationship the geography has with the legends, stories, and archeology of the biblical period.
Although I was keen to read this book, having lived in Jordan, I was a little disappointed with the uneven nature with which Feiler dealt with various people depending on their own religions. It was clever that the Jews he interacted with were generally intellectually religious - basing their faith on study and scientific knowledge (like the archeologist) whereas the Christians and Muslims with whom he interacted were identified as sometimes zealous but without any intellectual base - simple people. He was careful not to mock them but I very much felt the absence of studied Christians and Muslims.
Although his travelogue is quite interesting and some of the historical information he provided was quite thought provoking, the book simply did not move me. It was more like reading someone's diary and since I have seen many of the places he describes, I found that our reactions and experiences were different enough so as to leave me hesitant to `buy-in' to his view of an issue or a place.
Lastly, while a good book for the general American public who is unaware of the rich history of the lands he traveled, I agree whole-heartedly with the reviewer who wrote, "(Feiler) also can't resist flashing an 'Admire Me' sign every time he's been 'enlightened' -- and these breakthroughs occur with rather exhausting frequency."
Walking the Bible Nov 4, 2006
The book was in good shape. I sent it to my nephew who looks and talks like the author Bruce Feiler. I appreciate the timeliness of its delivery too. Donna
A Delightful Journey Jul 30, 2006
The reader will travel with the author throughout the Middle East, following the steps of the patriarchs through the beginnings of the conquest by Joshua, in source of a connection with history and ultimately a divine spark. This author is very easy to read and provides colorful descriptions of his surroundings that allow the reader to be there. Throughout the book is an undercurrent of "Why can't we just all get along!"
There are enough facts provided about the various destinations to keep the theologian interested, enough drama to keep the fictional reader interested, and enough description to entertain the world traveller or those that want to travel more. This is the first book I've read that actually makes me want to visit a desert, just for the simplicity and purity of it.
On the negative side, if there is one, there are those purist readers that will not agree with the author's blending of the various Abrahamic religions and will thus not like this book.
A Wonderful Guide to the Lands of the Bible for People of all Faiths May 19, 2006
I've been a fan of Bruce Feiler's writing after watching him on C-Span's Book TV talk about his first book about Abraham. This must have been about four or five years ago now. I went out to purchase ABRAHAM and discovered a treasure. Feiler brings many gifts and talents to writing, particularly religious writing. First of all he writes about issues regarding faith from the point of view of one who practices his faith. Like many of his readers, his journey to faith has not been a straight path which seems to give him a good perspective on the questions people are asking. He also has a fluid writing style and is able to weave personal memoir, always interesting and at times moving stories, geography, history, and theology together to create a great read.
In this volume, Feiler's second religious title (there are three at the time of this review), Feiler visits places of interest in the first five books of the Bible. Feiler visits the places where it is believed major Biblical figures lived and traveled. As he travels he retells the Biblical story, discusses the geography where the story takes place then and today, and with the help of a tour guide and in most cases colorful local that seem to be modern figures similar to some of the Biblical figures in the book, brings the places to life and gives the places significance to a modern reader. We also see Feiler rediscover the importance of his own faith which is a story in and of itself.
The Biblical figures in the book are taken from the Hebrew Scriptures, but since people such a Moses, Jacob, Joseph, Ruth, Rebecca, Sarah and the many other people who inhabit the Hebrew Scriptures play a role in Christianity as well, and since the lands of the Bible are inhabited not juts the Jews but also Christians and Muslims, which makes this book timely to say the least.
This book has become a series on PBS with Feiler narrating. Feiler is engaging and enjoyable to watch, and the book is written in a similar manner. Once again Feiler reminds us of what should be uniting the three faith that have their origins in the Middle East rather than dividing, and at least and helps readers to see the Bible in a different way as well.