Megan Harlan
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Bruce Feiler
genre
Travel, Philosophy and Religion, History

We gave it a B+

How journalist Feiler went from writing books on circus clowns and country-music stars to tackling a great religious mystery — is there geographical or archaeological evidence that the stories in the Bible really happened? — is something of a mystery itself. But he certainly delves into his subject feetfirst, traveling some 10,000 miles across the Near East in the footsteps of the Hebrew patriarchs, from Turkey’s Mount Ararat — where Noah’s ark supposedly landed — to Egypt’s Mount Sinai. While he unearths no proof of the miraculous, Feiler, a secular-minded Jewish American Southerner, finds the landscape so soul-stirring that his scientific quest in Walking the Land takes a detour, becoming instead an eloquently spiritual pilgrimage.

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