Diamonds And Precious Stones available in Paperback
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- Lindemann Press
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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ON THE PRECIOUS STONES MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE. BRIEF sketch of the knowledge which the Semitic nations possessed of the precious stones, may not be out of place in the present volume. A full and exhaustive treatment is not within the scope of this work; nor is it possible, as yet, to offer complete information, since Oriental scholars have not sufficiently occupied themselves with this subject, which might help to throw light on the state of ancient civilization, on the intercourse between various nations, and on the mechanical and artistic knowledge cultivated in the remote regions of the East. The very names of the precious stones, if studied by the aid of those languages which were once spoken in the vast tracts of country situated between the Ganges and the Nile, would assist in lifting the veil which now conceals from our view the intercourse and connection of the bygone Eastern races. Should the present remarks have the effect of inducing any scholar to pursue this inquiry, the result of his investigations might prove interesting, and perhaps useful. A small treasury of useful information is disclosed to us in several parts of the Bible. Precious stones, according to this ancient record, were not in the possession of the majority of the opulent classes; amongst the contributors of the materials towards the erection of the Tabernacle, the chiefs of the Twelve Tribes alone are mentioned as supplying the " shoham stones, and the stones to be set" (Exodus xxxv. 27). We find the most important enumeration of the precious stones known to the ancient Hebrews in Exodus xxviii., verses 17 to 20; and the same list is repeated in that book, chapter xxxix., verses 10 to 13. It deservesto be noticed that, with the exception of three precious stones, the gems worn by the...