A Brief Account of the Countries Adjoining the Lake of Tiberias, the Jordan, and the Dead Sea

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Meyler and Son, 1810 - Palestine in the Bible - 45 pages
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Page 52 - And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter.
Page 45 - I was at Karrak, at the house of a Greek curate of the town, I saw a sort of cotton, resembling silk, which he used as tinder for his match-lock, as it could not be employed in making cloth. He told me that it grew in the plains of el-Gor, to the east of the Dead Sea, on a tree like the fig-tree, called aoeschaer.
Page 45 - It has struck me that these fruits, being, as they are: without pulp, and which are unknown throughout the rest of Palestine, might be the famous apples of Sodom. I suppose, likewise, that the tree which produces it, is a sort of fromager...
Page 52 - The umbella, somewhat like a bladder, containing from half a pint to a pint, is of the same color with the leaves, a bright green, and may be mistaken for an inviting fruit, without much stretch of imagination. That, as well as the other parts, when green, being cut or pressed, yields a milky juice, of a very acrid taste; but in winter, when dry, it contains a yellowish dust, in appearance resembling certain fungi common in South Britain, but of pungent quality, and said to be particularly injurious...
Page 52 - Seetzen is corroborated by a traveler, who passed a long time in situations where this plant is very abundant. The same idea occurred to him when he first saw it in 1792, though he did not then know that it existed near the lake Asphaltites. The umbella, somewhat like a bladder, containing from half a pint to a pint, is of the same color with the leaves, a bright green, and may be mistaken for an inviting fruit, without much stretch of imagination. That, as well as the other parts, when green, being...
Page 16 - Jordan' to the spring from which the Banias rises ; and its beauty might entitle it to that name. But, in fact, it appears, that the preference is due to the spring of the river Hasberia, which rises half a league to the W.
Page 26 - ... points of the rocks, in such a manner that the walls of the inner chamber, in which the inhabitants live, are partly of bare rock, and partly of mason-work. Besides these retreats, there are in this neighborhood a number of very large caverns, the construction of which must have cost infinite labor, since they are formed in the hard rock. There is only one door of entrance, which is so regularly fitted into the rock, that it shuts like the door of a house. It appears then that this country was...
Page 53 - Sodomie, allowance being made for their extravagant exaggerations, as to leave little doubt on the subject. The same plant is to be seen on the sandy borders of the Nile, above the first cataracts, the only vegetable production of that barren tract.
Page 53 - ... leaves, a bright green, and may be mistaken for an inviting fruit, without much stretch of imagination. That, as well as the other parts, when green, being cut or pressed, yields a milky juice of a very acrid taste. But in winter, when dry, it contains a yellowish dust, in appearance resembling certain fungi common in South Britain; but of pungent quality, and said to be particularly injurious to the eyes. The whole so nearly corresponds with the description given by Solinus, (Poly. Histor.)...
Page 16 - The copious source of the River of Banias rises near a remarkable grotto in the rock, on the declivity of which I copied some ancient Greek inscriptions, dedicated to Pan and the Nymphs of the Fountain. The ancients gave the name of ' Source of the Jordan' to the spring from which the Banias rises ; and its beauty might entitle it to that name.

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