Bruce Feiler On The Story Of Adam And Eve

Apr 12, 2018

On this edition of “Two Way Street,” Bill talks to author Bruce Feiler, whose life’s work is to reinterpret ancient stories in a way that allows us to think more deeply about who we are today. Last year, he came to our studio to talk about his book, “The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us,” which challenges the common narrative of Adam and Eve.

“Eve has been victim to the greatest character assassination the world has ever known,” Feiler tells us.

He explains why he believes that Adam and Eve is not a story of disgrace. In fact, Feiler argues that Adam and Eve is the first love story with lessons for us today.

For “The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us,” Feiler traveled across four continents to explore the story of Adam and Eve and the impact it’s had on history through the ages. He invites us to see their story through the literature of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” and the work of Mark Twain, among others. Plus, he gives us a new interpretation on the magnificent painting Michelangelo created in the Sistine Chapel.

Previously, for his New York Times bestseller “Walking the Bible,” Feiler traveled to biblical sites such as the Red Sea and Mount Sinai. His book was then turned into a popular PBS series of the same name, which he hosted. For that project he went on a 10,000 mile journey walking the lands depicted in “The Five Books of Moses.”