The Source Author:James A. Michener This is a novel. Its characters and scenes are imaginary except as noted. The hero, Rabbi Akiba, was a real man who died as described in 137 C.E. All quotations ascribed to him can be verified. King David and Abishag, Herod the Great and his family, General Petronius, Emperor Vespasian, General Josephus and Dr. Maimonides were also real persons ... more »and quotations ascribed to the last are also verifiable.
Akko, Zefat and Tiberias as existing places in the Galilee and descriptions of these towns are accurate, but Makor, its site , its history and its excavation are wholly imaginary.« less