By Bruce Feiler
The exodus tale is America's tale.
Moses is our genuine founding father.
during this groundbreaking e-book, New York Times bestselling writer Bruce Feiler travels via touchstones in American heritage and lines the biblical prophet's effect from the Mayflower via this day. Feiler visits the island the place the pilgrims spent their first Sabbath, climbs the bell tower the place the freedom Bell used to be 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 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 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 heritage that would endlessly switch how we view the USA, our religion and our destiny.
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Clark’s Island is the forgotten front door of America’s founding story. On a stormy Friday evening in 1620, a band of nine beleaguered Pilgrims, half a day’s sail from their families on the Mayflower, were scouting the Massachusetts coastline in an open boat for a suitable place to settle. Having barely escaped from a skirmish with Indians that morning, the Pilgrims were frightened, lost, and out of food. But as the afternoon wore on, their situation worsened. And at dusk, fierce winds and rain nearly overturned their vessel, forcing the men ashore.
If anything, it was a historical anomaly. For all the importance of the Moses narrative in the Bible, Moses himself played an ambivalent role in the religions that revered his story. Early Jews considered Moses a great prophet and an inspired teacher, but they repeatedly stressed that God was the real founder of the nation. Moses did not liberate the Israelites from slavery, God did. Moses was not the true lawgiver, God was. Early Christians downplayed Moses even more. Moses is mentioned more than eighty times in the New Testament, more than any other figure in the Hebrew Bible.
And that may be the thing he shared most with Moses,” Gomes continued. “I think Moses, too, can be described as clinically depressed at the end. I’ve done all this, God, and you do this to me! There’s a similar sense of not being rewarded. And yet, you bargain for that. You don’t know God’s will. You really don’t. If there is any lesson to be learned, it is a certain modesty in the face of great opportunity. The biblical mandate is not success, it’s humility. You’re not God. ” “No, they take American exceptionalism.