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A Photographic Journey

Author: Bruce Feiler

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 here is an unprecedented heart-stirring adventure through the landscape of some of history's most storied events.

Featuring Feiler's own photography as well as his selections from professional collections, the book 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 travelled nearly ten thousand miles through the deserts of the Middle East, which led first to Walking the Bible. This new illustrated book follows his route, offering a 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.

From Publishers Weekly
When Walking the Bible was first published in 2001, Feiler set up a Web site where readers could respond to the book. The most frequently-asked question was, "Do you have any pictures?" Now the answer is yes. This coffeetable companion volume features 150 color and black-and-white images (many of them taken by Feiler himself, who comes from a family of amateur photographers), paired with snippets from the original book's text. The highly visual nature of Feiler's project-to revisit the sites and locations mentioned in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, and discover their meaning for Jews, Christians and Muslims today-lends itself perfectly to a photographic rendering, and these images do not disappoint. As well, Feiler has an enviable talent for helping modern readers visualize large-scale landscapes that can't be easily captured with a camera ("The Fertile Crescent was structured like a modern American shopping mall, with an anchor store at either end-Mesopotamia and Egypt-and more vulnerable boutique stores in the middle"). He also suggests the sights and sounds of these places, remarking, for example, that the Sinai desert is unexpectedly loud, with whining wind and "tinkling" sand. With its journeys to Egypt, Israel, Palestine and Turkey, Feiler's photographic pilgrimage is a rare treat. Readers will be delighted to learn that in 2006, his travels will also be the subject of a three-hour PBS miniseries.
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$32.50 (hardcover)
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  Walking the Bible
  Walking the Bible for Kids
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