The Source

The Source Summary

In his signature style of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us back thousands of years to the Holy Land. Through the discoveries of modern archaeologists excavating the site of Tell Makor, Michener vividly re-creates life in an ancient city and traces the profound history of the Jewish people—from the persecution of the early Hebrews, the rise of Christianity, and the Crusades to the founding of Israel and the modern conflict in the Middle East. An epic tale of love, strength, and faith, The Sourceis a richly written saga that encompasses the history of Western civilization and the great religious and cultural ideas that have shaped our world.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii.
Praise for The Source
“Fascinating . . . stunning . . . [a] wonderful rampage through history . . . Biblical history, as seen through the eyes of a professor who is puzzled, appalled, delighted, enriched and impoverished by the spectacle of a land where all men are archeologists.”The New York Times
“A sweeping [novel] filled with excitement—pagan ritual, the clash of armies, ancient and modern: the evolving drama of man’s faith.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing both in scope and technique . . . one of the great books of this generation.”San Francisco Call Bulletin

Book Reviews


The Source5 star

Great reading- took two weeks before Easter. Historical and lyrically beautiful.55


Time5 star

It was fabulous in 1965 and its historically fantastic now.55

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The Source5 star

Very eye opening about religions the why's and how's! I never knew that the Jewish religion was the oldest continuous religion and they felt they should be persecuted.55

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