“The” Dead Sea, Or, Notes and Observations Made During a Journey to Palestine in 1856-7, on M. de Saulcy's Supposed Discovery of the Cities of the Plain

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Page 77 - And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
Page 82 - And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan.
Page 60 - And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
Page 59 - I beg my gainsayers will be so obliging as to tell me what city, unless it be one contemporaneous with Gomorrah, if not Gomorrah itself, can have existed on the shore of the Dead Sea, at a more recent period, without its being possible to find the slightest notice of it, in either the sacred or profane writings.
Page 24 - Iledjom-el-Mezorrhel we are marching north by west. By fifty-two minutes past two we turn west-north-west. The sea is then eighty yards off, and the foot of the mountain distant one hundred and fifty yards. The shore, having thus become wider, exposes to our view large blocks of stone, worn by time, and in the midst of them we soon distinguish regular rows, being the foundations of ancient walls. We are now unquestionably in the midst of ruins, apparent and distinguishable, covering a space of nearly...
Page 18 - By ten o'clock, we pass close by a hillock, fifteen yards in diameter, covered with large rough stones, that look as if they had been burnt, and which constituted, at some remote and unascertainable period, a part of a round structure immediately commanding the shore.
Page 96 - During the last year also, after the earthquake of Jan. 1st, 1837, a large mass of bitumen (one said like an island, another like a house) was discovered floating on the sea, and was driven aground on the west side, not far to the north of Usdum.
Page 48 - And here we are encamped once more, but for the last time, on the shore of this sea which has become so dear to us, now we can estimate at their correct value the fantastic fables so long invented to represent it as a place of malediction and death. I must confess, however, that on this particular occasion, the attractions of the neighbourhood are materially qualified, owing to the swarms of mosquitoes by which we are assailed.
Page 19 - There and there," and he points to the extremity of the salt mountain, which we have just wound along, and the plain, planted with acacias, extending to the foot of the mountain towards the Ouad-ez-Zouerah.
Page 56 - Six minutes later we arrive opposite the northern extremity of a long wall ; in all probability, merely the continuation of the ditch lined with stones, of which we have already encountered two considerable portions. We are now marching over the foundations of a tolerably extensive square enclosure. I have said that the ruins through which we are proceeding are not easily distinguished, and that it is very probable a hundred successive travellers might pass them by without the slightest idea of their...

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