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Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880.. Page 22. 1870. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/41.

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Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880.. (1870). Page 22. Scenes from the Middle East. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/41

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Title Page 22
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880.
Publisher London: Printed by Jas. Truscott and Son, Suffolk Lane, City.
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.
Caption MOUNT SINAI. earlier date than the second or third century after Christ. There are numberless traditions attached to various spots in the desert, which have reference to the march of the Israelites through it: but many of them are evidently merely of monastic origin; others have been handed down by the Arabs; and all appear to be too vague and uncertain to bear much Aveight. We can attach little real importance to them, and it is rather to the natural features of the country itself that we must look for light to guide us in tracing out the route and encampments of the children of Israel. If we read carefully through the account that is given us in the Book of Exodus, of the encampment of the Israelites before Mount Sinai, and of the Giving of the Law, although we have not any accurate description of the mountain and its immediate neighbourhood, we find, nevertheless, that the existence of certain leading features is rendered absolutely necessary by the narrative; and unless we find those features existing, we may feel sure that we shall have to look elsewhere for the true Mount Sinai. Thus we read, in Exodus xix. 2, 11, 12, 16, 17, that " Israel camped in the wilderness, before the Mount;" that " the Lord came down, in the sight of all the people, upon Mount Sinai;" that " Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the nether part of the Mount;" and that he was commanded to " set bounds about the Mount," lest the people should go up into the Mount, or touch the border of it; for whosoever touched the Mount after it had been sanctified was to be put to death. Erom a comparison of these and other passages Avhich bear on the encampment of the Israelites before the Mount, it does not, in the first place, appear necessary to believe that the whole host pitched their tents immediately at its foot. It is far more probable. that they were encamped in the. neighbouring valleys, within easy reach of it, whenever summoned by Moses to assemble before it. The necessity of procuring pasturage for their flocks and herds, and even of sufficient space around the camp, for the people to go out daily and collect the manna for their own support, seems to favour such a supposition. But it certainly is a necessary condition that there should be before the Mount a plain, or open space, sufficiently large for all the people to have assembled in, when gathered together to take part in some solemn act,
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Palestine -- Description and travel.
  • Sinai Peninsula -- Description and travel.
  • Jerusalem -- Description and travel.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
  • Jerusalem
Language English
Physical Description 52 p., ill., XII col. plates (1 fold.), 28 cm; Purple cloth stamped in black, gold, red and green. Bevelled edges. Edges gilt.
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Original Item Location 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
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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