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Mount Sinai. 1870. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/40.

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(1870). Mount Sinai. Scenes from the Middle East. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/40

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Title Mount Sinai
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.
Type (DCMI)
  • 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 MOUNT SINAI: FOR a long time doubts have existed as to which of the mountains in the Peninsula of Sinai was the scene of the Giving of the Law. Several different mountains have been suggested by various writers, but it has generally been held that the choice lay really between two only, viz., Jebel Musa and Jebel Serbal. Many arguments have been brought forward in favour of each of these ; but what was most wanted to decide the question was a more accurate survey of them, and a fuller investigation as to how far each one meets the requirements of the Bible narrative. That investigation has now been made. In the winter of 1868, an expedition was sent out from England, under the auspices of the Director-General of the Ordnance Survey, and the result has been that Jebel Musa, " the Mountain of Moses," has been proved, with almost absolute certainty, to be the Mount Sinai of the Bible. It may be well, however, to state the reasons which have led to this conclusion. The advocates of Jebel Serbal based their belief partly on ancient traditions, and partly on the descriptions given by travellers of the natural features of that mountain. In massive grandeur it certainly does excel all other mountains in the Peninsula. But, unfortunately, no complete view of it can be obtained from any of the surrounding Wadys; and there is no open ground at its base, which would have formed a suiteable camping- ground for the Israelites; no convenient spot to which Moses could have "brought them forth out of the camp to meet with God," or where they could have "stood at the nether part of the Mount" (Exodus xix. 17). Again, although Jebel Serbal was undoubtedly at one time held by the monks, who were established in the Peninsula, to be the Mountain of the Giving of the Law, there is nothing to prove that such a tradition is of
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