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By James A. Michener

In his signature sort of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us again millions of years to the Holy Land. in the course of the discoveries of contemporary archaeologists excavating the positioning of inform Makor, Michener vividly re-creates existence in an historic urban and lines the profound heritage of the Jewish people—from the persecution of the early Hebrews, the increase of Christianity, and the Crusades to the founding of Israel and the fashionable clash within the center East. An epic story of affection, power, and religion, The resource is a richly written saga that encompasses the background of Western civilization and the nice non secular and cultural principles that experience formed our world.
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“Fascinating . . . attractive . . . [a] really good rampage via heritage . . . Biblical historical past, as noticeable during the eyes of a professor who's questioned, appalled, overjoyed, enriched and impoverished through the spectacle of a land the place all males are archeologists.”The big apple Times
“A sweeping [novel] full of excitement—pagan ritual, the conflict of armies, historic and smooth: the evolving drama of man’s faith.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing either in scope and procedure . . . one of many nice books of this generation.”San Francisco name Bulletin

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It used to be evidently phallic, a powerful manly image, and he tucked it with reference to his goddess, whispering, “Tonight whilst the moon is going down, Baal-of-the-Storm will come to lie with you. ” He had came upon that if he saved his goddesses chuffed they'd reciprocate, yet now his want used to be either pressing and particular, and he needed his new patroness to appreciate the proposed cut price: “Enjoy your self this night and each evening. All I ask is that once the measuring comes, enable or not it's me. ” He used to be interrupted through the arriving of his moment spouse, Timna, who usually wouldn't input his god-room, yet who now seemed in a few misery. She used to be the stately type of spouse that males for the earlier 8 thousand years have represented of their statues—motherly, thoughtful and figuring out. Her darkish eyes have been distended with fright and earlier than she spoke Urbaal may possibly wager what had occurred. a few years earlier than he had obvious this related terrified glance in his first wife’s eyes, whilst she, too, have been not able to stand truth. It was once the weak spot of ladies to appear so, and Urbaal ready himself for tears. “What is it? ” he requested lightly. Timna was once an strange lady who had come from Akka along with her father on a buying and selling stopover at, and he or she had received Urbaal’s appreciate for the congenial demeanour within which she had adjusted to Matred, his domineering first spouse. rather than scuffling with, Timna had insisted upon a home of love—which was once the extra credits to her in that for the 1st 3 years of her lifestyles with Urbaal she were childless and the objective of contempt from Matred, yet with the hot arrival of her first son a extra harmonious stability have been completed. As a mom she may perhaps call for appreciate from Matred, yet now, her composure fled, she instructed her husband, “The priest of Melak used to be the following. ” This used to be what Urbaal had anticipated. It used to be guaranteed to come and he needed he knew whatever that will console his light spouse, yet he had discovered that during those concerns not anything will be performed. “We’ll produce other children,” he promised. She began to weep and a smart lie sprang to his brain. “Timna,” he whispered seductively, “look at what I’ve simply acquired you. a brand new Astarte. ” She checked out the smiling goddess, so bursting with fertility, and coated her face. “Could we run away? ” she pleaded. “Timna! ” the assumption used to be blasphemous, for Urbaal used to be certainly part of the land … this land … those olive timber through the good. “I won't hand over my son,” she endured. “We all do,” he reasoned lightly, and he pulled her to his sofa, from which she may possibly see the reassuring Astartes who promised her fertility for future years. putting his arm approximately her he attempted so as to add his own reassurance, telling her of the way Matred had came upon braveness to stand a similar challenge. “At first she approximately perished with grief,” he confided, and Timna questioned how that austere girl had stumbled on the way to convey grief. “But later she had 4 different kids, and one evening she confessed to me, ‘We did the precise factor. ’ You’ll have others enjoying approximately your knees, and you’ll suppose a similar means. ” She listened attentively, yet after all whimpered, “I can't.

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