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Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler
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May 23, 09

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Read in January, 2009

A reading of the first 5 books of the Bible (the Pentateuch, the Torah) by retracing the path of the Israelites and pilgramage to noted 'holy sites'. Feiler sums up his approach towards the end of the book as: "We asked everybody basically the same question: "What does the Bible mean to you?" And everybody had an answer." (p. 408)

And what he ends up with is part travel book, part religious meditation on faith, and part biblical academia. I really enjoyed this, but I think it depends on your familiarity with the stories and incidents of the first 5 books of the Bible, and your level of tolerance for the beliefs contained within. It's not a polemic - it doesn't ask the reader to believe the same way the author does - but it does assume a certain level of belief in a divine God, the God of at least Christianity and Judaism and Islam. Still, it's a fascinating look at the people who live in the region most touched by the mythologies of the Bible, and their considered responses to it, while gently touching on the political unstableness that results from different religions and cultures holding to different ideas of God contained within the same territory and the same sites.
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