Jerusalem. Year-Book for the Diffusion of an Accurate Knowledge of Ancient and Modern Palestine Volume 1

Jerusalem. Year-Book for the Diffusion of an Accurate Knowledge of Ancient and Modern Palestine Volume 1

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... be brief, I will combine with them what I have to say on the matter. The town of the East are walled in, the line of defence is not made unnecessarily long, but rather as short as possible. Hence all the area within was used and built upon as far as possible, and few gardens: ) only were found. Kings and nobles alone indulged in such a luxury. Hence too, the streets and open squares were reduced to the lowest possible dimensions; hence, too, the market were outside the walls; judges assembled at the gates to decide on legal matters, where all passers by could easily follow the procedings and where the people in the law-suits could easily be accomodated. The streets, moreover, were most likely, like at the present time, not only narrow but generally arched over 2).--Nor had Eastern ') In really there were in Jerusalem no gardens at all, except such in which, from the time of the Prophets, a species of rose was growing which was wanted for the altar of incense, as may bo seen from the passager of the Talmud cited under Note Nr. 4. Although it is quite true that, according to the general custom of the East, the streets are arched over yet-1 people ever much furniture that required space, and of separate bedrooms they were not in need. In the special case of Jerusalem it is yet to be considered that it was the political and religious capital of the land, where the whole nation had sometimes to assemble. In preparing habitations, therefore, attention was naturally given to their being so arranged as to be able to accomodate as many people as possible. Private life in Jerusalem had to give way to one more sociable, and public. The houses formed a kind of barracks or Hospices for Pilgrims, in which the guests had the right to claim shelter 1). Then tho..show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236486692
  • 9781236486691