Letters on Egypt, Edom, and the Holy Land

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...Gubbat el Bolani.... More ruins to the right and left thirty-seven minutes afterwards." Orig. Journal. 1847. I The El Zllilh of Dr. Robinson, who identifies it with Moladah, the Malatha of the Greeks and Romans. B. Researches, vol. ii, 62L l847. ll/ady Ararah. Robinson. 1847. dently coeval with the Romans. Quite a patriarchal scene presented itself as we drew near to the wells; the Bedouins were watering their flocks,--two men at each well letting down the skins, and pulling them up again with almost ferocious haste, andwith quick, savage shouts,---and then emptying them into the troughs; the shepherdesses stood aloof, and veiled their faces, seeing the strange howagis. The several flocks, coming up and retiring in the exactest order, were abeautiful sight. Crossing Gebel ul Gheretain, a range of stony hills beyond El Foura, numerous ruined garden-walls and terraces warned us of our approach to, if not entry into, Judea. As we proceeded, first here, then there, we observed patches of ground reclaimed from the desert, and carefully cultivated, and, ere long, the whole valley below us was green with corn, field descending below field, divided by regular terraces. Five hours from El Melek we arrived at the village of Simoa, or Simoo, to whose inhabitants these fields belong; the hill above the village is crowned by a ruined castle, which shows imposingly from a distance, though poorly on a nearer inspection. We encamped in the valley below it; and presently the Sheikh ul belied, or head-man of the village, and a party of the townsmen, made their appearance, and sat down with us, contrasting most unfavourably with our Bedouins, who seemed to hold them in utter contempt. An air of oppression and slavery hangs indeed over all the village...

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