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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. during the discoveries of contemporary archaeologists excavating the location of inform Makor, Michener vividly re-creates existence in an historical urban and lines the profound historical past 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 trendy clash within the heart 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 spiritual and cultural principles that experience formed our world.
 
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“Fascinating . . . wonderful . . . [a] amazing rampage via historical past . . . Biblical background, as visible throughout the eyes of a professor who's questioned, appalled, overjoyed, enriched and impoverished by way of the spectacle of a land the place all males are archeologists.”The manhattan Times
 
“A sweeping [novel] packed with excitement—pagan ritual, the conflict of armies, old and smooth: the evolving drama of man’s faith.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing either in scope and strategy . . . one of many nice books of this generation.”San Francisco name Bulletin

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On no account did she resent Libamah; the lady was once lovely and Timna may perhaps comprehend why a guy may want her, yet that Urbaal should still take the problem heavily used to be disgusting. in addition, the clever spouse may bet on the different apprehensions that has to be tormenting her husband because the time for selecting Libamah’s mate approached: there were a yr whilst the guy selected have been so excited and worried that he had made a pitiful spectacle of himself, throwing the complete ritual into confusion and bringing shame upon Makor, in order that Astarte used to be frustrated and refused to make the consequent vegetation bountiful. One evening as Timna sat brooding within the courtyard, she heard her husband praying to Astarte that he could be the selected one, then praying a moment time that if he have been selected he should be equivalent to the task—for it might be ridiculous to have a good time a fertility ceremony within which fertility was once evidently very unlikely. these kind of issues the monks took under consideration as they approached the day on which to make their ultimate number of the year’s consultant. Amalek and Urbaal have been each one robust males and every had proved himself by way of having quite a few little ones. the truth that Timna used to be pregnant back aided Urbaal’s claims, however the strange fecundity of Amalek’s farm animals was once both extraordinary and the clergymen wavered among the 2. The climax of thanksgiving begun with 3 days of feasting within which huge, immense banquets have been supplied by way of the temple clergymen, drawing upon shops of meals accrued by way of their slaves within the previous 12 months. farm animals have been slaughtered and wine from temple jugs was once liberally allotted. there has been dancing and tumbling and juggling. Musicians performed lengthy into the evening, and passing investors have been inspired to put up their caravans and proportion within the party. Then, at the fourth day, the whole city and its surroundings—something over one thousand people—congregated on the temple, the place appetites have been whetted by means of having one of many prettiest of the older temple prostitutes dance nude, and then she allowed herself to be led off into one of many chambers through a formative years of 16 who were fortified with wine to arrange him for the ritual. there has been different dancing of an erotic nature, adoration of either the female and male determine, and at last the presentation of the younger priestess, Libamah, who was once back ceremoniously undressed by way of the clergymen. A hush fell over the group, and the boys who may be selected leaned ahead because the captivating woman all started her ultimate dance of the 12 months. It went a ways past what she had performed ahead of, and as she drew to a end, any guy within the viewers may were a able associate; however the monks assembled and their chief cried, “Urbaal is the guy! ” The farmer leaped onto the stairs and stood together with his toes aside, gazing Libamah, who grew to become to just accept him whereas the monks speedy stripped away his garments. He stood forth as a strong guy and the gang cheered as he strode ahead, accrued the younger priestess in his palms and carried her into the corridor of Astarte, the place he might lie together with her for seven days.

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