Through Palestine with Tent and Donkey, and Travels in Other Lands

Through Palestine with Tent and Donkey, and Travels in Other Lands

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...side of Mt. Ebal, which is north of Gerizim, and standing between them read the law, the blessings and the cursings. In the poet's mind Ebal has been connected with the cursing and has been represented to be bare and desolate--a shapeless pile of rocks--while Gerizim has been connected with blessing and has been pictured as green and beautiful; but to the unpoetic eye of a country parson, both even bare and unattractive and would be the picture of desolation itself but for some grape vines the Samaritans have planted on the lower slopes of these peaks, and if there is any difference these vineyards make a better showing on Ebal than on its companion peak. A mile and a half from Jacob's well is Nablus, ancient Shechem. Dismounting from our donkeys at the gates and threading our way through numerous crooked, narrow, dirty streets, we reached at last the synagogue of the Samaritans--a small, whitewashed chamber, which contains the old Samaritan Pentateuch that is never exhibited except in. the presence of the high priest. He was sent for and he quickly came with several members of his household, bearing the precious document in a silver case with a cover of green Venetian fabric and exposed it to view. The high priest solemnly affirmed that it was 3,576 years old, the oldest manuscript in existence, and that it was written by the grandson or great grandson of Aaron, but some of the critics say it is not more than 2,000 or 2,500 years old, but even then it is a rare treasure. There are about one hundred and seventy of these original Samaritans left of a once powerful people, who for centuries held this central part of Palestine against the Jews, and they maintain their feasts on Mt. Gerizim, as generations before them have done. The high priest has a...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
  • 1236553926
  • 9781236553928