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 booklet, New York Times bestselling writer Bruce Feiler travels via touchstones in American background and lines the biblical prophet's impact from the Mayflower via this present day. 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" was once 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 place of work, to appreciate how Moses formed the nation's personality. America's Prophet is an exciting unique paintings of background that may perpetually switch how we view the United States, our religion and our destiny.

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But he didn’t want me to get hurt. ” He paused. ” “I found in their story my story. They were aliens in a strange land, just as I was. They seized an opportunity to escape discrimination, just as I did. And they had the privilege to watch their dream develop, pass it on to a new generation, and know that the same thing might happen to other people. The Pilgrim story is the most inclusive narrative that I know. ” “That the story is true. I’ve lived it—and so have you. In America, unlike any other culture that I know, we choose our heroes.

But even then, Jim Baker lamented, Plymouth Rock got all the glory, and Clark’s Island was forgotten. Baker is a dry, studious man with an accent as pure Boston as the Red Sox. A winner of the Distinguished Mayflower Scholarship Prize, he had just completed a book on Thanksgiving. After dinner, he led me to the island’s center and a giant boulder known as Pulpit Rock, the reputed spot where the Pilgrims worshiped in 1620. The idea of linking the founding of America with the birth of Israel was not inevitable.

Islam performed a similar diminution. The Koran calls Moses the “confidant of God” and mentions him in thirty-four chapters, more than a quarter of the total. “We showed favor to Moses and Aaron,” God says in the Koran. ” Jewish leaders often objected to these characterizations, but their ghettoized voices rarely penetrated. At the close of the Middle Ages, Moses was a marginalized figure, confined largely to superseded Scripture, with few prospects for influencing world events. The idea that the founders of any nation would attempt to legitimize their actions by likening themselves to Moses would have been preposterous.

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