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By Bruce Feiler

The exodus tale is America's tale.

Moses is our genuine founding father.

during this groundbreaking publication, New York Times bestselling writer Bruce Feiler travels via touchstones in American historical past and lines the biblical prophet's impact from the Mayflower via at the present time. Feiler visits the island the place the pilgrims spent their first Sabbath, climbs the bell tower the place the freedom Bell was once inscribed with a quote from Moses, retraces the Underground Railroad the place "Go Down, Moses" was once the nationwide anthem of slaves, and dons the gown Charlton Heston wore in The Ten Commandments.

One half event tale, one half literary detective tale, one half exploration of religion in modern lifestyles, America's Prophet takes readers from Gettysburg to Selma, the Silver monitor to the Oval workplace, to appreciate how Moses formed the nation's personality. America's Prophet is an exhilarating unique paintings of historical past that might perpetually swap how we view the United States, our religion and our destiny.

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MY LAST STOP in Plymouth was an exquisite white Victorian house on the grassy shore of the harbor overlooking Clark’s Island. Squint your eyes and double the acreage, and the lawn would be the perfect setting for a game of Kennedy touch football. Only this home belongs to the least likely member of the Old Colony Club and the most unexpected tender of the Mayflower flame. The Reverend Peter Gomes has as much stature as Forefathers Monument and an even firmer grip on the Bible. He’s the preacher at Memorial Church of Harvard University and the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals.

But I quickly realized that I had overlooked one of the central reasons for Moses’ appeal: He fails. He does not reach the Promised Land. Moses is as much a model of disappointment as he is of achievement. Which is another reason he became so appealing to the Pilgrims. Like the Israelites freed from slavery, the Pilgrims saw their excitement at their emancipation from England turn quickly to despair once they arrived in Massachusetts. In Plymouth, they were isolated from trade, surrounded by Indians, and hamstrung by debt.

You really don’t. If there is any lesson to be learned, it is a certain modesty in the face of great opportunity. The biblical mandate is not success, it’s humility. You’re not God. ” “No, they take American exceptionalism. But it seems to me that an exceptional people has to be willing to subordinate their own ambitions to God’s ultimate design. ” He chuckled. “What we’ve done is take God’s design and make it conform to our ambition. But it often doesn’t work out. We have the Revolution, but then slavery.

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