the source

The Source, By James Michener

Book Discussion Summer 2012

On June 14th, 2012, Salem’s Christian Education Committee will be offering a book discussion on James Michener’s classic book, The Source. The group will meet for approximately twelve weeks at 5:30 at the church located at Pleasant and Main in Sandwich. The discussion group is open to anyone in the community.  Retired teacher and Salem member Doug Fraley will be leading the discussion.

Group members will want to purchase the book prior to the first meeting, and expect to read a chapter per week. The book can be purchased online or as an e-book. The following excerpt is from

“In his signature style of grand storytelling, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the Holy Land, thousands of years ago. By exploring the lives and discoveries of modern archaeologists excavating the site of Tell Makor, Michener vividly re-creates life in and around an ancient city during critical periods of its existence, and traces the profound history of the Jews, including that of the early Hebrews and their persecution, the impact of Christianity on the Jewish world, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition. Michener weaves his epic tale of love, strength, and faith until at last he arrives at the founding of Israel and the modern conflict in the Middle East. The Source is not only a compelling history of the Holy Land and its people but a richly written saga that encompasses the development of Western Civilization and the great religious and cultural ideas that have shaped our


e-book and online paperback sources

Description: Megiddo aerial from southeast

The above picture is of Tell Megiddo, one of the most famous excavations in Israel. Much of the initial excavation of Megiddo was done by the University of Chicago early in the 20th century. The history of Tell Megiddo is similar to Michener’s fictitious Tell Makor.