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Walking in the footsteps of the patriarchs

From the May 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

If you'd like to know what it would be like to travel 10,000 miles through the Middle East, following events in the Bible, best-selling book, Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses, is the book for you. Translated into 15 languages, it's a very readable, lively, spiritual journey that focuses largely on Abraham, Moses, and the lives of the Israelites as they made their way to the Promised Land.

Feiler's more recent book, Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths, also available in paperback, uses encounters he has with scholars, clergy, and other people in the Middle East in his exploration of the way Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have appropriated Abraham and reinterpreted him through their individual lenses. Feiler, who is Jewish, has some tense experiences in interacting with Muslims and in traveling through dangerous areas in the Middle East. Yet his commitment to dialogue with others always brings him through.

The author of six books, Feiler is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio; he writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Gourmet Magazine. Recently, he talked with the Journal's Managing Editor, .

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