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Page 28. 1870. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/49.

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(1870). Page 28. Scenes from the Middle East. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/49

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Title Page 28
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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  • image/jpeg
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
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript HEBRON. Abraham and the Patriarchs long before any city at all existed there. There Abraham buried Sarah his wife, "in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre" (Gen. xxiii. 19); and we have a most graphic account of his purchase of it from the children of Heth. The cave is still there, enclosed within the massive walls of the mosque, which forms so prominent an object in the midst of the town. " Bury me," said Jacob, " with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah" (Gen. xlix. 31). Ever since it has been in the hands of the Mohammedans they have closed the door of the mosque against all Christians, until, in 1862, the Prince of Wales was allowed to enter, accompanied by Dr. Stanley, who has given an accurate description of the interior. They were shown the shrines of the Patriarchs and their wives who were buried here, but not the real tombs ; these lay beneath in the sacred cave, into the darkness of which they could only gaze through a small circular hole, the only aperture now left. The guardians of the mosque tell of a servant of a great king, who once, 2,500 years ago, penetrated through some other entrance: he descended in full possession of his faculties, and of remarkable corpulence, but returned blind, deaf, withered, and crippled; and fear to open the cave. The valley which runs below the town is the valley of Eshcol, where the Jewish spies got the great bunch of grapes (Numbers xiii. 23). Here is seen a large reservoir, the ancient "Pool of Hebron," where David hanged the murderers of Ishbosheth (2 Samuel iv. 12). Higher up in the valley stands an aged oak, said to be that under which Abraham pitched his tent; and other spots of traditional interest are pointed out around the town. But all these sink into insignificance by the side of that sacred cave, which still doubtless contains, not only the tombs, but also the carefully- embalmed bodies of the Jewish Patriarchs and their wives.
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