Many artifacts are found, including a Roman temple, basilica, synagogue, mosque and castle all on the same site. Each section of the book corresponds to a different period in the history of the site and some chapters may be several thousand years apart.
The Tell — culmination of the novel and rediscovery of the well built and described in the previous chapter Psalm of the Hoopoe Bird. The story travels through many civilizations and includes in particular a great history of the Jewish people and their persecution throughout time, stemming from the crucifixion The Source centers around a spring in the middle of the desert and is hidden inside the castle walls of Makor [Ma Couer] at one point for safekeeping by a deep and elaborate tunnel.
In each case, one of the characters in the chapter had some contact with the artifact and the chapter explains how the artifact came to be found at the site. The story travels through many civilizations and includes in particular a great history of the Jewish people and their persecution throughout time, stemming from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
But after struggling a little with the chapter and the ending, I simply made my peace with the fact that this was a novel, i. Most of the emphasis is on Makor and how the people, especially those of the Family of Ur, existed.
This chapter is about two Jews who convert to Christianity due A summary of the novel the source by james a michener the strictness of the Talmud during this time the Gemara is being writtenbut are soon disenfranchised by the Christian Schism.
I do recommend the book highly especially to those who have a particular interest in history and religion. The Source, by James A. Michener is a voyage through history, focused on Israel and the Middle East. Michener speaks about the birth of Judaism and Christianity in the Land of Israel and their place in the world giving insight with gems such as: The story is an excellent historical account, albeit fictional in detail of the different societies unveiled through an archeological dig.
The book is rich in the teaching of the traditions and cultures of the various religions that existed in that area from paganism through the development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and how they interacted. Makor is sacked by the Hebrews in BCE.
It is an electronic book available from the library and I have borrowed it 3 times so far. The chapters in each stage of the history illustrated are, for the most part, independent narratives; however, like Hawaii, partial continuity is achieved through the repetition of familiar family names.
Christianity is being forced in Galilee as churches are mass-produced. There is so much in this incredibly long book, that does depict the experiences and spirit of the Land of Israel, and the Jewish people, who originated in this remarkable land.
The Christian Crusades et al. Rebbe Itzik and the Sabra — — The new state of Israel starts to emerge. And all we can do is update the hopeful imagination and work to make it come true this time.
Now, reading about disgusting, brutal, and surprisingly varied forms of oppression throughout history was difficult, but I was surprised at the view of the war a. Of course, I also approached this book with a more positive, open attitude than I ever approached my pre-Sudbury schooling with.
It only became fashionable later! James Michener is a great researcher and this book is invaluable for its subject matter. The Source by James A. But reading about a hopeful future imagined before I was born and falling so very far off the mark is always painful.
All of this is being repeated in the latest struggle today, of the Jewish people to hold onto their rightful homeland and survive, against an evil people, supported by a world in which it is fashionable to hate Israel. During the earliest layer of history, the giant stone idol named El is created to please the earth and bring good crops.
The story moves back and forth between the historical chapters and the modern dig at the tell at Makor.
The book is basically the story of the different people who lived in and around Makor from primitive times up until the s. Readers who fall into either category should not miss reading the novel. Therefore we read in this chapter about the humiliation suffered by Jews in Spain, Germany and Italy during this time.
It was so one-sidedly pro-Zionist that it made me wonder whether Michener was just trying to make sure his novel sold well, or if he was actually ill-informed.
The Saintly Men of Safed — This chapter focuses on the three Rabbis who meet in Safed while escaping the Spanish Inquisition and European pogromsand their culture clashes between SephardimAshkenazim and Kabbalistic traditions.
Most of the problems in the early stages of history were based on religion and the book explains what happened in a society as different religions developed and came into existence.
There was always a significant continuous Jewish presence in that country which was never broken! The book begins with a frame story, which it returns to briefly again and again between short stories, each spanning a few years; the first takes place some 11 thousand years ago, then they progress through the history of Makor and the scions of one family, skipping millennia, centuries, or decades at a time, to create a coherent chain of stories ending in a young, pre Israel.
Chapter list[ edit ] The Tell —three archeologists, a Jew, a Catholic, and a Muslim, are at a modern archeological dig. Whenever in the future some new religion strayed too far from the basic precepts of Judaism, G-D could be assured that it was in error; so in the Galilee, His ancient cauldron of faith, He spent as much time upon the old Jews, as He did upon the new Christians.
In retrospect, I probably should have kept a reading diary, because there are so many things in this book I would like to comment on.
Michael 10 Comments Cover, via Amazon I recently finished reading an amazing book about Israel and Jewish history, written over 20 years before I was born.This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion and a Free Quiz on The Source; a Novel by James A.
Michener. The Source by James A. Michener is a voyage through history, focused on Israel and the Middle East.
Michener, whose globe-trotting (Hawaii, Afghanistan, etc.) makes him a sort of Lowell Thomas of the novel, extends his reach and his grasp this time to include not only the country of Israel, but 11, years of its history and religion in sequences relating to some artifact at the site (a flint, a phial, a Menorah, a coin, etc.).
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of /5(1). The Source is a historical novel by James A. Michener, first published in It is a survey of the history of the Jewish people and the land of Israel from pre-monotheistic days to the birth of the modern State of Israel. The Source uses, for its central device, a fictional tell in northern Israel called "Makor" (Hebrew: "source" ).
Prosaically, the name Author: James A. Michener.
The Source is another of James Michener's epic fictional histories. This one explores a part of northern Israel from the times of the pagans, through Jewish independence, Christian ascendance, Muslim conquest, resurgence of Judaism nationality, to the establishment of Israel/5.Download