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 impact 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" 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 lifestyles, America's Prophet takes readers from Gettysburg to Selma, the Silver reveal to the Oval workplace, to appreciate how Moses formed the nation's personality. America's Prophet is an exhilarating unique paintings of heritage that might perpetually switch how we view the United States, our religion and our destiny.

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On a trip to visit my sister in Philadelphia, we went to see the Liberty Bell. The quotation on its face is from Leviticus 25, which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai: PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF. The law of Sinai, in the bell tower where the Declaration of Independence was signed. In coming weeks, I found a similar story over and over again. Columbus comparing himself to Moses when he sailed in 1492. George Whitefield quoting Moses as he traveled the colonies in the 1730s forging the Great Awakening.

Like the Israelites, the Pilgrims were so convinced they were chosen by God that they didn’t prepare themselves for the harsh conditions they would face in the wilderness. From their outpost in Holland, they had secured a charter to settle near the Hudson River. A small group left Holland on the Speedwell over the summer, and more joined in England on the Mayflower. The two vessels departed Southampton on August 5 but were diverted to land when the Speedwell began taking on water. The ships sailed a few weeks later but again turned back when the Speedwell proved unseaworthy and had to be abandoned.

The next four are more serious—pestilence, inflammation, hail, and locusts. The ninth is an act of terror, covering the country in darkness. And the tenth is the ultimate retribution for the pharaoh’s decision to kill the newborn Israelite males. ” To prevent the Israelite firstborns from being killed, God instructs the Hebrews to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood on the doorposts and lintels of their houses. ” It is a “passover offering to the Lord,” the text says. ” This final plague works.

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