The Source | by James A. Michener

The Source is a fictional story about the town of Makor, in northeast Israel. This account begins in 1963 at an archeological dig, which unearths fifteen artifacts from different time periods.

The story then switches to the historical tales round each object found at the archeological site.

I especially appreciated the history of the world as it is unfolded in Makor.

My single favorite story was of Jabaal the Hoopoe (966-963 BC). To insure the safety of Makor during war Hoopoe built an amazing tunnel to the well. I also enjoyed the final story set in 1948, when Israel became a nation, and how it tied into the contemporary story.

The most frustrating was how, then and now, Israeli life is ruled by outdated, complex laws from the Torah and the Talmud.

As a Christian, the most surprising was the following quote from the last page of the book. My belief in Jesus Christ is the exact opposite of this statement: 

“Judaism stressed neither an after-life, an after-punishment, nor heaven;
what was worthy and good was here, on this day, in Zefat.
We seek God so earnestly, Eliav reflected,
not to find Him but to discover ourselves.”¹


¹ James A. Michener, The Source, Random House, 2002, page 1080.

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I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

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