An Historical Text Book and Atlas or Biblical Geography

An Historical Text Book and Atlas or Biblical Geography

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ... For the same reason the Jews avoided travelling through Samaria, and when compelled to pass through the country, carried their own provisions, and refused the entertainments of the people. Samaria was at this time the smallest of the four provinces above mentioned, and comprised only the principal part of the territory of the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. JUDEA. This division included on the north the tribe of Benjamin, and extended south to the boundaries of ancient Palestine. It was the largest of the three divisions already mentioned; and was at this time, as it had ever been, the appropriate land of the Jews, from whom it took this name after the captivity. The country is hilly and broken, and less fertile than Galilee; but a portion of its plains, particularly on the west, was very productive. Jerusalem, the capital of the whole country, was in this province. It was the great object of interest and union to all the Jews, and opened various sources of gain to a numerous population. It was the place of solemn assembly to the whole nation at their great yearly festivals. It was the seat of their religion. Here was the temple, with all its mysterious rites. Here, therefore, the Jew appeared in all his national characteristics, entertaining a proud consciousness of his importance as the seed of Abraham and favourite of heaven, blindly attached to the rites of his religion, and almost equally regardless of the purity of its principles; looking down with proud contempt upon every foreigner, regarding with unmitigated abhorrence the power of the Romans, and firmly expecting a king who should establish himself on the throne of universal dominion. To the Jews, their subjection to the Roman power was peculiarly irksome and oppressive. The power of...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655938X
  • 9781236559388