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From Bruce Feiler's books:

From the May 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses "Considering that the international language of travel has changed so frequently in the last 2,500 years — Greek, Latin, French, English, American English — and that the stories of the Bible have not changed at all, one could argue that for much of the Western world, those stories form a collective language. Certainly in the Middle East today, with so much suspicion and hostility, a common interest in the Bible can be an immediate source of kinship, much stronger than nationality, denomination, age, or wealth" (p.