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Wilson, Charles William, Sir. Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1 - Page 124. 1881. Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 24, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/exotic/item/2694/show/2331.

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Title Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Wilson, Charles William, Sir
Publisher D. Appleton and Company
Date 1881
Description Index: Introduction / by the Very Rev. Dean Stanley -- Jerusalem / by Col. Wilson -- Bethlehem and the north of Judaea / by the Rev. Canon Tristram -- The mountains of Judah and Ephraim / by Lieut. Conder -- Samaria and the Plain of Esdraelon / by Miss E. Rogers -- Esdraelon and Nazareth / by the Rev. Canon Tristram -- Galilee, Northern Galilee, Caesarea Philippi and the highlands of Galilee, Mount Hermon and its temples / by the Rev. Dr. S. Merrill -- Damascus / by the Rev. Dr. P. Schaff -- Palmyra, The Wady Barada, Ba'albek / by the Rev. S. Jessup.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Egypt
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
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  • books
  • illustrations (layout features)
  • plates (illustrations)
  • maps (documents)
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location DS107 .W73 v. 1
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b1703789~S11
Digital Collection Exotic Impressions: Views of Foreign Lands
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/exotic
Repository Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/william-r-jenkins-architecture-art-library
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Transcript 124 PICTURESQUE PALESTINE. three convents—Latin, Greek, and Armenian—which surround it. The view is girt with Bible scenes. We see beyond the convents the bare wilderness of Judah creeping up almost to the very foot of the ridge. But a belt of rich green intervenes, the cornfields of Bethlehem. Here, probably, Ruth gleaned in the fields of her husband's kinsman. A little knoll of olive- trees surrounding a group of ruins marks the traditional site of the angels' appearance to the shepherds, Migdol Eder, " the tower of the flock." But the place where the first " Gloria in excelsis " was sung is probably farther east, where the bare hills of the wilderness begin, and a large tract is claimed by the Bethlehemites as a common pasturage. Here the sheep would be too far off to be led into the town at night; and exposed to the attacks of the wild beasts from the eastern ravines, where the wolf and the jackal still prowl, and where of old the yet more formidable lion and bear had their covert, they needed the shepherds' watchful care VIEW OF THE SHEPHERDS* FIELD, FROM BETHLEHEM. Looking towards the east, the mountains of Moab in the distance. bleak during the winter and spring months, when alone pasturage is to be found on these uplands. Looking a little to the north of the Shepherds' Tower we see the Well of David, a few minutes' walk from the town—not a spring, but a large, deep, rock-hewn cistern into which the water percolates (see page 134). There are narrow openings through which the supply can be reached. When David exclaimed, " O that one would give me to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem that is at the gate," he was hiding in the Cave of Adullam. We can picture how, while the Philistines had but a small garrison in the town itself, and their main camp outside to the north, David's men broke through the garrison and drew water from the well without entering the Philistines' camp. All these and many another event in the story of the shepherd-king pale before the event which the pile of masonry in front of us records- the Saviour's birth. If it be not the exact spot, the error cannot be one of many hundred yards. The Church of the Nativity is supposed to cover the site of the inn or caravanserai in which our Lord was born. The Chapel of the Manger appears to have been a rude grotto hewn out