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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...them both to come to a meal, and set some porridge before them. All this the Bishop saw in his dream, he himself standing behind the door, that he might not be perceived. But the boy noticed him and said, "Why does that man stand there, shall he not also eat with us?" which so frightened the Bishop that he awoke. This story may, or may not, be true, but at any rate it gives us a true idea of the simple, humble life in which our Lord did live, and look, and speak, and act like others, only--that He was without sin. His home, as I said before, and as you all know was at Nazareth, a little village among the hills; but can we tell what Joseph's house was like? The Bible does not describe it; however, travellers who have been to the Holy Land (the country where He lived) say things have changed very little, and a carpenter's house there now, is no doubt very like indeed to what Joseph's shop was. I am therefore going to tell you a description which a traveller gives of one of these carpenter's houses. I think it will help us to understand what our Lord's home life was like:--"Nothing he says can be plainer than the house, with the doves sunning themselves on the flat white roof, over which climbs the vine. Shoes and sandals are taken off at the threshold, and within, mats or carpets are lain loose along the walls. From the centre hangs a lamp which is almost the only ornament in the room. In a niche in the wall stands a wooden chest painted with bright colours, it contains the books and other treasures belonging to the family. Round the room runs a ledge on which are placed some rolled up gay coloured quilts, at night these are undone and serve as beds. Near the door is a large common water jar of red clay. At meal time a painted wooden stool is p...
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