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Page 8. 1870. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 16, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/23.

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(1870). Page 8. Scenes from the Middle East. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/23

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Title Page 8
Creator (Local)
  • Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain). Committee of General Literature and Education
Publisher Jas. Truscott and Son
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London, England
Date 1870
Description Sinai and Jerusalem; or, Scenes from Bible Lands: Illustrated by Twelve Colored Photographic Views, Including a Panorama of Jerusalem, With Descriptive Letterpress. London: Printed by Jas. Truscott and Son, Suffolk Lane, City.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Palestine--Description and travel
  • Sinai Peninsula--Description and travel
  • Jerusalem--Description and travel
  • Human geography
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
  • Jerusalem
Genre (AAT)
  • illustrated books
Language English
Physical Description 52 pages, illustrated, XII colored plates (1 fold.), 28 cm; Purple cloth stamped in black, gold, red and green. Bevelled edges. Edges gilt.
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  • Text
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Original Item Location DS107 .H64 1870
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b3601783~S11
Digital Collection Scenes from the Middle East
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript AN EGYPTIAN TEMPLE AT PHILCE. the taint of the idolatrous worship practised by those whose servants they were. Even at Mount Sinai, after God had declared Himself to them, in the absence of Moses they caused Aaron to make them a golden calf, the image of an Egyptian idol, and they worshipped it, and said, " These be thy Gods, 0 Israel, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt " (Exodus xxxii. 8). The temples of Egypt all belong to the same style of architecture, and were all, with certain modifications as to size and arrangement, built upon the same plan. An avenue of stone sphinxes led up to the pylon, or gateway, over which was carved the figure of the winged globe and serpent, the emblem of the Almighty. Sometimes there were two or three pylons, separated from one another by more sphinxes. The temple itself consisted of a portico, extending across its whole breadth, supported on columns, with strangely carved capitals ; then came the naos, or court; and at the end of this, or sometimes in its centre, stood the adytum, or sanctuary. This was the simplest form of temple, the number of courts and halls being often increased. These buildings were surrounded by a crude brick wall, enclosing a rectangular space called "the Grove," or "sacred enclosure," which was entered by an outer gate, flanked by lofty pyramidal towers. The effect of the whole temple, with its massive walls and groups of columns and sphinxes, is very imposing. The whole expanse of wall, both of the gateways and the temple, is covered with sculptures, which record the histories of the kings who bouilt them, and who are represented as bringing offerings to their gods, aor slaying their enemies in battle: the kings being always made equal to the gods in size, towering above their subjects and enemies. The shape of the Egyptian temples reminds us of the plan of the tabernacle which Moses was commanded to make for the children of Israel. That consisted of an outer court, enclosed with hangings and pillars; the holy place, answering to the naos; and the holy of holies, where stood the ark, which was in the same position as the Egyptian adytum. We are inclined, perhaps, to wonder that God permitted in His tabernacle any likeness whatever to the temples belonging to so idolatrous a nation. It was, perhaps, allowed in merciful regard to the early associations of the children of Israel; but it suggests to us the lesson that "God dwelleth not in the temples made with hands."
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