Egypt and Syria: their physical features in relation to Bible history

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London, 1885 - Bible and geology - 192 pages
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Page 54 - And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt...
Page 54 - And they removed from Etham, and turned again unto Pi-hahiroth, which is before Baal-zephon : and they pitched before Migdol. 8 And they departed from before Pi-hahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness, and went three days...
Page 53 - in the night,' and the people were ' thrust out, and could not tarry,' so that they broke up early the next morning. 'And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about 600,000 men, besides children ;' and a 'mixed multitude' of Egyptian slaves went with them. They ' pitched in Succoth,' that is, within the boundary of that district.
Page 130 - Assart, and which is about a mile in length and a quarter of a mile broad, while its highest part is about 25 feet above the alluvial plain.
Page 91 - Jeremiah), which in its form and certain old tombs, which simulate sockets of eyes, has a remarkable resemblance from some points of view to a skull partly buried in the ground. This resemblance has suggested itself to many observers, independently of any supposition that it is Golgotha. It is true that such resemblances depend very much on point of view and direction of light. But these conFig. 1 8. — Front of the 'Skull Hill,
Page 4 - ... the delta on the margin of which it stands, are but of yesterday, and the stone, of which the mole and the houses are mostly built, is also of comparatively modern date. Except the shafts of columns and masses of stone brought down from Upper Egypt, there is nothing here so old as the London clay. The soft limestone and indurated sand of the vicinity of the city are of late tertiary age, probably a little older than the advent of man. The mud of the Delta stretching southward of the city is most...
Page 47 - ... gradually narrows towards the east. As the desert sand is, however, encroaching on it from the south, and has, indeed, in places overwhelmed an ancient canal which at one time probably ran near the middle of the valley, it must formerly have been more extensive than at present. Recent surveys also render it certain that this valley once carried a branch of the Nile, which discharged its waters into the Red Sea.
Page 5 - Nile began to pour its muddy deposits. It must have been a shallow bay, with a sandy bottom, for on its seaward margin there are belts of limestone composed of fragments of shells and of sea-sand, which must have been thrown up before there was any delta. Farther, in various parts of the Delta, there are sandbanks, which are portions of the old sea-bottom projecting above the alluvial deposit, and which are now often occupied by the towns and mud villages of the people. Had the Nile begun to pour...
Page v - ... who desire to realise the actual surroundings amid which our Lord spent His life on earth, and will be specially useful in correcting some false notions which have obtained wide currency, eg the common idea that Nazareth was a small, obscure, and immoral place.
Page 5 - ... plain, having its apex at Cairo, where the narrow valley of the Nile begins to widen out into the Delta, and its base on the Mediterranean. The distance from the base to the apex of the triangle is a little more than a hundred miles, and the length of the base about a hundred and fifty miles. The one side is formed by the Libyan desert and the eastern side by the Arabian desert, both dry and sandy, a little higher than the level of the Delta, and based on somewhat older formations. The Delta...

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