Walking The Bible: A Photographic Journey

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Its stories may be the best known in the world, but its locations have long been a mystery. Where did Noah's ark land? Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments? Where are the lost cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Now, in Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler offers an unprecedented heart-stirring adventure through the landscape of some of history's most storied events.

Featuring Bruce Feiler's own photography as well as his ...

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

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Overview

Its stories may be the best known in the world, but its locations have long been a mystery. Where did Noah's ark land? Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments? Where are the lost cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Now, in Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler offers an unprecedented heart-stirring adventure through the landscape of some of history's most storied events.

Featuring Bruce Feiler's own photography as well as his selections from professional collections, Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey brings together breathtaking vistas, intimate portraits, and fascinating panoramas, providing firsthand access to the inscrutable land where three of the world's great religions were born—and finally puts a face on the stories that have long inspired the human spirit.

Over several years, Feiler traveled nearly ten thousand miles through the deserts of the Middle East, which led first to his runaway national bestseller Walking the Bible. This new illustrated book follows his route, offering a thrilling photographic voyage through the actual places of some of the Bible's most memorable events—from the heights of Mount Ararat, where Noah's ark landed, to the desert outpost in Turkey, where Abraham first heard the words of God, to the summit where Moses overlooked the Promised Land.

Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey chronicles a landscape that nurtured the relationship between humans and the divine, breathing new meaning into stories that have been a timeless source of inspiration.

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USA Today
“The photos beautifully depict the dramatic land that gave birth to three of the world’s great religions”
USA Today
“The photos beautifully depict the dramatic land that gave birth to three of the world’s great religions”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060799045
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 402,829
  • Product dimensions: 10.38 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler writes a column on contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Council of Dads. He is the host of several series on PBS, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

Biography

Bruce Feiler has turned his curiosity into a career, writing on topics from clowning to Christianity with a sense of wonder, humor and inquisitiveness. Most recently he has become known as both theological tourist and tour guide, exploring Biblical history and its physical and cultural roots in the 2001 bestseller Walking the Bible and in 2002's Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths.

Feiler had begun his career writing about another culture with Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan, a funny and enlightening account of his year as an English teacher in a small Japanese town. The book continues to be embraced by those who want a better understanding of Japanese culture, one spiked with the humor of its alien gaijin observer. Feiler depicted another hallowed educational system in Looking for Class: Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge, an account of the author's experiences as a graduate student at Cambridge. Feiler's books educate, but their appeal also lies in the discoveries he makes as someone entering a new situation with natural preconceptions, then having those ideas upended by reality.

Kicking the fish-out-of-water theme up a notch, Feiler joined the circus for Under the Big Top: A Season with the Circus. Here, Feiler showed the journalistic enterprise and mettle that would later figure into his bold journeys through Biblical territory. Spending a year performing as a clown on the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, Feiler provides a surprising look at the show, its performers and the often seamy underside that accompanies circus life.

Feiler jumped into yet another milieu with his look at the country music industry, Dreaming Out Loud. Presenting an insider's view of Nashville made possible by his access as a journalist to stars such as Garth Brooks and Wynonna Judd, Feiler puts together of picture of starmaking -- including in his profiles a young talent named Wade Hayes -- and the machinery that runs modern country music. As with his other books, Feiler describes how his notions (he hated country music before Brooks made him a fan) have evolved along with his subject.

Feiler is also an award-winning food writer and journalist who has written articles for major publications such as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and the New Republic. But he gained a larger audience when he took on his biggest topic yet: the Bible. "Over more than a decade of living and working abroad I found that ideas, and places, became more real to me when I experienced them firsthand....In the Middle East, the Bible is not some abstraction," Feiler wrote in an essay on Barnes & Noble.com about the origins of Walking the Bible. "It's a living, breathing entity unencumbered by the sterilization of time. That was the Bible I wanted to know, and almost immediately I realized that the only way to find it was to walk along those lines myself."

In taking that walk, Feiler vastly expanded his audience and found himself a subject he would stick with. He was already working on a sequel to the book when September 11 redirected him toward one aspect of his earlier studies: the religious father figure of Abraham. He set out to find hope in this binding tie among Judaism, Christianity and Islam; but found, again, a different picture than the one he anticipated painting. Feiler's education is ours; without him asking the questions, we might not have new insights on cultural fixtures that already seem so familiar.

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How he wrote his first book: Feiler appropriated sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov's self-description as an "explainaholic," then explained in an interview with a country music web site how he came to write his first book: "I wrote a series of letters home [from Japan] of the ‘you’re not going to believe what happened to me today' variety. When I came back home, everywhere I went people said to me, ‘I really liked your letters,’ and I would say, ‘Do I know you?’. It turns out that these letters had been passed around. I thought, well, if this is as interesting for me and my family and all of you, I should write a book about [my experiences]."

Feiler, who grew up Jewish in Savannah, Georgia, says that an early encounter with the legend of Abraham was part of a watershed moment for him. The Torah passage he read for his Bar Mitzvah was Lekh Lekha, the story of Abraham going forth from his father's house. He told BeliefNet, "The defining moment of my life was the night of my Bar Mitzvah, when my father pulled me aside at this family gathering, poured me a drink, and said, 'Son, you're a man now, you're responsible for your own actions.'"

Feiler's exploration of the Bible has been confined to the Hebrew Bible, leaving out much in the Old Testament and the entirety of the New Testament; but he told readers in a USA Today chat that he hopes to do a sequel that would take him through the events of Jesus' life.

Feiler is also a contributing editor at Gourmet magazine and has won two James Beard Awards for his food writing.

Feiler says he has traveled to over 60 countries and sprained his ankle on four continents.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Bruce S. Fieler
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 25, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      Savannah, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1987; M.Phil. in international relations, Cambridge University, 1991

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

    Not too bad a book, especially in a college setting where such a breezy writing style is often appreciated.

    Bruce Feiler had a metaphore or a simile for every aspect of his book, sometimes two or three; most of the time they added to the experience, but every once in a while you you would think something along the lines of "That was a stretch" or it would draw you away from, rather than toward the topic he seemed to be going toward.<BR/><BR/>His book was almost like an edited series of diaries. I didn't use the word journal as that could lead you to believe this sounded like a travel log, rather this seemed only steps away from little hearts, multiple exclamation points, and cries of "Gee Wilikers!"<BR/><BR/>Becuase Feiler pointed out spiritual epiphanies most of the time rather than searching out a deeper meaning it was good for classrom discussion as there were so many paths of thought left unexplored.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Historical/Geographical Overview of Old Testament

    Having lived in the Middle East for nearly 10 years I found this book to be a reasonable tour of Old Testament sites and their underlying meaning for today's Middle East.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    An absolute treasure of information.

    This book was given me by a friend and I'm so glad for it. This is - by far - one of the very best books about the context, culture, archaeology, apologetics etc of scripture I have read yet. Mr. Feiler's choice to "walk" the known or possible sites wherein events occurred that were location-based was a wise one. And the historical accounts, academic research, onscene observations and personal interviews and interactions he relates in this book make it a treasure of information - far larger than is reflected in its pagecount. Having read it now, the book seems to contain more information than just one book, more like a volume of books yet all contained in just one volume.

    Anyone interested in the context and culture of the regions in which Old Testament biblical events like the Exodus, etc are said to have occurred, would greatly enjoy this book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Beautifully photographed

    I purchased this book for a Christmas present for my boss. He was absolutely pleased! He remarked on the superb photography and how he has enjoyed reading the acompanying commentary. The book was very well received and I am so glad he enjoyed his gift. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in either photography,the bible or both.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    I found this book to very informative and entertaining.

    This book addresses a topic that I know little about and it does so in a very entertaining way. The book is well researched but still very readable. I read it because it was a selection in a book club to which I belong. I would not have considered reading it on my own. However, I'm very glad I read it and I have recommended it to my relatives and friends.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2008

    Thoroughly Entertaining

    Walking the Bible is a very interesting book that talks about one man¿s journey through the Bible. Bruce Feiler travels throughout the Middle East visiting the places where experts have guessed that biblical events have taken place. Feiler does a remarkable job of portraying his adventures. His writing technique is extraordinary and phenomenal. This book is jam-packed full of information, but you don¿t feel like you¿re reading a boring research paper at all. And yet you can tell that so much research went into this book. When he rides a camel up Mount Sinai, he talks about how camels are the perfect animals for this job. He devotes a paragraph to nothing but facts about camels, including the third eyelid they have to wipe sand out of their eyes. He says, ¿In a sandstorm, camels can actually close this third eyelid and see through it. As further protection, camels also have extremely long eyelashes. I also have long eyelashes, which at the moment¿ I hoped would be taken as conformation that I, too, was somehow genetically aligned with the desert¿ (pg. 253). As you can see he gives plenty of information, and yet makes it completely entertaining. I would definitely recommend this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    Bible Bonanza

    Boy, when I got this audio-CD I didn't know what I was expecting. WOW! I couldn't beleive how explicit and exact Bruce Feiler is. You must get this whether it's the book or the audio-CD.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    Spiritual Growth is a Journey

    Fieler is a wordsmith as well as a seeker. I wish I had his writing talent. In reading his latest work I slowly realized the similarities between the Israelis and Palestinians of today. Both come from rich literary and poetic backgrounds. Both the Koran and the Wisdom books of the Jewish people emphasize hospitality to a traveler because both groups understand the extremes in climate of the area, especially the harshness of the desert and wilderness areas. I would enjoy reading a book by Fieler where he traveled to the holy places of Islam. The two books would complement each other and because of Fieler's objectivity and sensitivity perhaps the Arab world and their Jewish neighbors could see that they have more in common than they are able to see at the present. I am a Christian and I am not prostelytizing for anything except peace and mutual respect between two groups of neighbors. The images of beautiful sunsets evoked in the book might be seen as a hope for more harmony in the Middle East. The book reinforces the theme of faith as a constant journey. Fieler won't stop now. The following list of books I have enjoyed reflect the hope for tolerance and understanding which I received from Fieler's book and I hope that others will also read them. They are enjoyable as well as thought provoking. Love involves reflective thought and actions as well as sentiment. Thank you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    A spiritual and cultural as well as geographical pilgrimage

    Bruce Feiler takes us on an engaging journey through the lands of Abraham, Jacob and Moses. Feiler's journey was spiritual as well as geographical and he exposes us to aspects of bedouin and Israeli culture I had never come across before. I found Feiler's spiritual journey to really be non-denominational and applicable to Jews, Christians and even Muslims.

    I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read that made me want to make a similar journey to see the lands of the Bible. I'd give it 4.5 rather than 4 stars if I could.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

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    A very good map of the sites of the best stories of the Bible. V

    A very good map of the sites of the best stories of the Bible. Very informative. Well written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    A journey worth reading!!

    A well written, easy to read book that puts in perspective the physical journey of God's people. Although it is not a book for spiritual growth in your relationship with God, it is a book worth reading to farther understand the journey of a people, whom God chose to bring salvation to the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    The Trek through the Torah

    Walking the Bible is an interesting account of a journey through the biblical sites of the Five Books of Moses. Feiler begins his journey not to grow closer to God, if (in his thinking) there even is a God, but to strengthen his ties and connect to the Bible. <BR/>As he sets off in his pilgrimage we begin to be exposed to his engaging writing. Feiler's unique writing style is always entertaining, and the way he presents all the information is very well crafted. I am amazed at his ability, since such a familiar and historically rich topic could easily present the mass amount of information in a way that would leave the reader feeling like its a textbook, or needing to take a break. Feiler uses humor, great analogies, and wonderful comparisons to bring his points across and it is an overall joy to read. While on his pilgrimage, he becomes acquainted with many knowledgeable historians and gives a numerous account of different perspectives on how the events in the Bible happened. As we watch his process of coming up with his ideas, the reader is also doing the same thing while being entertained as well. Its a wonderful book to read, full of extremely interesting insights, and never once did I lose interest while I was reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    Walking the Bible Review

    Bruce Feiler takes a trip in which he travels to many of the holy sites in the first 5 books in the Old Testament. He does a great job of descrbing the scenery and sights, and engages the readers, capturing their interest, almost making the readers feel that they were there. He also slowly begins to show how the Bible, and the land it takes place in can transform people, as his goal of not including God can only last so long, especially when he began to connect with the land spiritually.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Great writer, great man

    In this book Walking the Bible I really appreciate the way Feiler writes. He writes in a way where you can hear it in his voice that he is not biased. He really does try not to offend anyone. I enjoyed reading because he is a very good researcher without trying to make it feel like you are reading a history book, or even a research paper for that matter. Even more than his writing I do enjoy the fact that he cares about other people¿s religions and knows they have the right to believe whatever they want, so he puts everything into perspective for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Instant Classic

    Feiler is an amazing writer who can grab your attention and move your mind through the land. The best part about this book is the setting, and the way that are able, through the writing, to imagine the area, it is as if you could feel the sand blowing across your face. I highly recommend every person, who is interested in any type of religion, to read this book. This book is a way of walking through someone¿s faith and finding what is really there. If you ever wondered about the places where the Bible stories took place, and what the people in those stories were like, this is the book for you. This is an intriguing first hand experience report on what bible life was like.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    In Search of the Past

    This documentary of Bruce Feiler's journey through the Bible commands your attention throughout the book. He offers interesting insight that I myself hadn't thought of. Not only is it a very interesting analysis of ancient days, but I really enjoyed the thoughts he had on the modern-day history as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    more than just a guided tour through the bible

    I wasn't real sure what to expect when I first started reading this book. I thought maybe it would be more of a basic travel log. It was so much more than that! Bruce Feiler is such an amazing writer! He uses such intricate details, you really feel as if you are right there with him. This is a story not only about a historical journey through the bible, but the author's inner transformation as he breaks away from modes of reason and logic and more towards emotion and trust.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2003

    Extraordinary! I want the world to read this!

    I can't wait to read Abraham!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    A placement of mind and spirit

    Deeply moving for unexplained reasons. An experience I can't wait to continue and already anticipate a void once I've finished the book. This book will take you someplace your soul needs to go.The sand, the wind the history the science the humor. Better and more satisfying than carnal experiences.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    Great reading

    This is a great book that allows us to visit places virtually that are not safe for Jews to visit right now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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