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on the other hand, it is commanded, at the distance of a gun-shot, by the Djebel Tor, or the Mount of Olives." Imposing as the appearance of Jerusalem is, when viewed from that mountain,_ and exhibiting a compactness of structure like that alluded to by the Psalmist,”—the illusion vanishes on entering the town. No “streets of palaces and walks of state,”—no high-raised arches of triumph—no fountains to cool the air, or porticoes—not a single vestige meets the traveller, to announce its former military greatness or commercial opulence: but in the place of these, he finds himself encompassed by walls of rude masonry, the dull uniformity of which is *} broken by the occasioned protrusion of a small grated window. From the daughter of Zion o her beauty is departed. (Lam. i. 6.) The finest section of the city is that inhabited by the Armenians; in the other quarters, the streets are much narrower, being scarcely wide enough to admit three camels to stand abreast. In the western quarter and in the centre of Jerusalem, towards Calvary, the low and ill-built houses (which have flat terraces or domes on the top, but no chimneys or windows) stand very close together ; but in the eastern part, along the brook Kedron, the eye perceives vacant spaces, and among the rest that which surrounds the mosque” erected by the Khalif Omar, A. D. 637, on the site of the temple, and the nearly deserted spot where once stood the tower of Antonia and the second palace of Herod. The present population of Jerusalem is variously estimated. Capt. Light, who visited it in 1814, computed it at twelve thousand. Mr. Buckingham, who was there in 1816, from the best information he could procure states, that the fired residents (more than one half of whom are Mohammedans) are about eight thousand: but the continual arrival and departure of strangers make the total number of persons present in the city from ten to fifteen thousand generally, according to the season of the year. The proportions which the numbers of persons of different sects bear to each other in this estimate, he found it difficult to ascertain. The Mohammedans are unquestionably the most numerous. Next, in point of numbers, are the Greek Christians, who are chiefly composed of the clergy, and of devotees. The Armenians follow next in order as to numbers, but their body is thought to exceed that of the Greeks in influence and in wealth. Of Europeans there are only the few monks of the Convento della Terra Santa, and the still fewer Latin pilgrims who occasionally visit them. The Copts, Abyssinians, Nestorians, &c. are scarcely perceptible in the crowd; and even the Jews are more

1 Travels of Ali Bey, in Morocco, Egypt, Arabia, Syria, &c. between 1803 and 1807, vol. ii. p. 245. -

2 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together. Psal. cxxii. 3.

3 In the Travels of Ali Bey, (vol. ii. pp. 214–227.) there is a minute description illustrated with three large plates, of this mosque, or rather group of mosques, erected at different periods o ii. and exhibiting the prevailing taste of the various ages when they were severally constructed. This traveller states that they form a very harmonious whole: the edifice is collectively termed, in Arabic, El Haram, or the Temple.

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remarkable from the striking peculiarity of their features and dress, than from their numbers as contrasted with other bodies. Mr. Jolliffe, who visited Jerusalem in 1817, states that the highest estimate makes the total number amount to twenty-five thousand. Of these there are supposed to be

Mohammedans - - - - - 13,000
Jews - - - - - - from 3 to 4,000
Greeks - - - - - - - - 2,000
Roman Catholics (including European Catholics) 800
Armenians - - - - - - - 400
Copts - - - - - - - - 50

Dr. Richardson, who was at Jerusalem in 1818, estimates the population at 20,000 persons, of whom 5000 are Mussulmans, 5000 Christians, and 10,000 Jews.

This is a very slender aggregate, compared with the flourishing population which the city once supported; but the numerous sieges it has undergone, and their consequent spoliations, have left no vestige of its original power. “Jerusalem, under the government of a Turkish aga, is still more unlike Jerusalem as it existed in the reign of Solomon, than Athens during the administration of Pericles, and Athens under the dominion of the chief of the black eunuchs. We have it upon judgment's record, that before a marching army, a land has been as the garden of Eden, behind it a desolute wildermes. (Joel ii. 3.) The present appearance of Judaea has embodied the awful warnings of the prophet in all their terrible reality.”

IX. As it would require a volume to give even an epitome of the history of the Jews, a brief enumeration of their principal historical epochs must terminate this chapter. They are as follow:—

A. M. B. C. 1. The Exode from Egypt - - - - - 2513 1491 2. The Delivery of the Law - - - - 2514 1490

3. The Death of Moses; the entrance of the Israelites into the promised land, under Joshua - - 2553. 1451

4. Saul appointed and consecrated king - - - 2909 1095 5. The Accession of David to the throne - - - 2949 1055 6. The Reign of Solomon alone - - - - 2990 1014 7. The Dedication of the Temple - - - - 3001 1004

8. Accession of Rehoboam, and the secession of the ten tribes under Jeroboam - - - - - 3029 975

9. The Kingdom of Israel terminated by Shalmaneser; king of Assyria, after it had subsisted two hundred and fifty-four years - - - - - - 3283 751

1 Jolliffe's Letters from Palestine, written in 1817, Lond. 1820, 8vo. p. 102. The sketch of the modern state of Jerusalem, above given, has been drawn up, from a careful comparison of this intelligent writer's remarks, with the observations of M. Chateaubriand, made in 1806 (Travels, vol. ii. pp. 53. 83. 84. 179, 180), of Ali Bey, made in 1803–1807 (Travels, vol. ii. P. 0–245.), of Capt. Light, made in 1814. (Travels in o: &c. pp. 178-187), and of Mr. Buckingham, made in 1816. (Travels in Palestine, pp. 260–2.2) also Dr. Richardson's Travels along th: Mediterranean, &c. vol. ii. pp.

WOL. III. *D /


The Destruction of the kingdom of Judah, after it had subsisted four hundred and sixty-eight years from the commencement of David's reign; and three hundred and eighty-eight years from the

separation between Judah and the ten tribes

11. The Dedication of the second temple at Jerusalem 3489

12. 13.


The Birth of Jesus Christ - - -

The Crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension

of Jesus Christ - -

The Siege and Capture of Jerusalem by Titus, and

the utter subversion of the Jewish polity

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Mount Tabor, as seen from the Plain of Esdraelon.



I. Climate.—II. Seasons.—1. Seed Time.—2. Winter.—3. The

Cold Season, or Winter Solstice.—4. Harvest.—5. Summer.— 6. The Hot Season.—Heavy Dews.-III. Rivers, Lakes, Wells, and Fountains.—IV. Mountains.—W. Wallies.—VI. Caves.— VII. Plains—XIII. Deserts-Horrors and dangers of travelli in the Great Desert of Arabia.-IX. Productions of the Holy Land.—Pegetables, Animals, and Mines.—Testimonies of antient and modern authors to its fertility and population.—Its present degraded and comparatively uncu of state accounted for.— X. Calamities with which this country was visited.—I. The Plague.-2. Earthquakes.—3. Whirlwinds.-4. The Devastations of Locusts.-5. Famine.—6. Volcanoes.—7. The Simoom or Pestilential Blast of the Desert.

I. THE surface of the Holy Land being diversified with moun, tains and plains, its Climate varies in different places; though in general it is more settled than in our more western countries. From Tripoli to Sidon, the country is much colder than the rest of the coast further to the north and to the south, and its seasons are less regular. The same remark applies to the mountainous parts of Judaea, where the vegetable productions are much later than on the sea-coast or in the vicinity of Gaza. From its lofty situation, the air of Saphet in Galilee is so fresh and cool, that the heats are scarcely felt there during the summer; though in the neighbouring country, particularly at the foot of Mount Tabor and in the plain of Jericho, the heat is intense." Generally speaking, however, the atmosphere

Harmer's Observations, vol. i. pp.2–4. London, 1808,


is mild: the summers are commonly dry, and extremely hot: in-
tensely hot days, however, are frequently succeeded by intensely
cold nights;” and it is to these sudden vicissitudes, and their conse-
quent effects on the human frame, that Jacob refers, when he says
that in the day the drought consumed him, and the frost by night.
(Gen. xxxi. 40.) - -
II. Six several seasons of the natural year are indicated in Gen.
viii. 22. viz. seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and win-
ter; and as agriculture constituted the principal employment of the
Jews, we are informed by the rabbinical writers, that they adopted
the same division of seasons, with reference to their rural work.”
These divisions also exist among the Arabs to this day." A brief
statement of the natural phenomena occurring in these several sea-
sons, will enable us to form a tolerably correct idea of the climate
and weather of the Holy Land.
1. SEED-TIME, by the rabbins termedynt (zero), comprised the
latter half of the Jewish month Tisri, the whole of Marchesvan, and
the former half of Kisleu or Chisleu, that is, from the beginning of
October to the beginning of December. During this season the
weather is various, very often misty, cloudy, with mizzling or pouring
rain. Towards the close of October or early in November, the
jormer or early autumnal rains begin to fall; when they usually
ploughed their lands, and sowed their wheat and barley, and gathered
the latter grapes. The rains last for three or four days; they do
not fall without intermission, but in frequent showers. The air at
this season is frequently warm, sometimes even hot; but is much
refreshed by cold in the night, which is so intense as to freeze
the very heavy dews that fall. Towards the close it becomes cooler,
and at the end of it snow begins to fall upon the mountains. The
channels of the rivulets are sometimes dry, and even the large rivers
do not contain much water. In the latter part of November the
leaves lose their foliage. Towards the end of that month the more
delicate light their fires (Jer. xxxvi. 22.) which they continue,
almost to the month of April; while others pass the whole winter
without fire.
2. WINTER, by the rabbins termed son (choreP), included the
latter half of Chisleu, the whole of Tebeth, and the former part of
Shebbath, that is, from the beginning of December to the beginning
of February. In the commencement of this season, snows rarely

1. Of the intensity of the heat in Palestine, during the summer, some idea may be formed, when it is known that the mercury of Dr. E. D. Clarke's thermometer, in a subterraneous recess perfectly shaded (the scale being placed so as not to touch the rock), remained at one hundred degrees of Fahrenheit. Travels, vol. iv. p. 190. 8vo. edit.

* The same vicissitudes of temperature exist to this day in Persia (Morier's Second Journey, p. 97. London, 1818, 4to), and also in Egypt. (Capt. Light's Travels, p. 20.3 Dr. Richardson s Travels along the Mediterranean, &c., vol. i. Pp. 181, 182. London, 1822. 8vo.) Harmer has collected several testimonies to the * effect, from the earlier travellers in the East. Observations on scripture, vol. i. pp. 61–65. London, 1808.

.**** Metsia, fol. 106 cited by Dr. Lightfoot, in his Hebrew and Talmudical

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Exercitations on John iv. 35. (Works, vol. ii. p. 543.)

* See Golius's Lexicon Arabicum, col. 934.


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