The Land of Moab: Travels and Discoveries on the East Side of the Dead Sea and the Jordan

The Land of Moab: Travels and Discoveries on the East Side of the Dead Sea and the Jordan

by Henry Baker Tristram


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Clergyman and ornithologist H. B. Tristram (1822-1906), an early supporter of Darwin, became both a Fellow of the Royal Society and Canon Residentiary of Durham. His literary career began with an account of his ventures into the desert of Algeria, where he had journeyed seeking a salubrious winter climate. This 1873 volume, one of his many popular works on the Biblical Lands, records his adventures and discoveries east of the Dead Sea. Its engaging narrative recounts the hazards and vexations of travel amongst the local tribes, as well as the sites Tristram visited, many of them biblical (with corresponding quotations from scripture), and many previously unvisited by Europeans. (Tristram's The Fauna and Flora of Palestine was subsequently published by the Palestine Exploration Fund and laid the foundations of systematic biological research in Palestine.) This book thus illuminates the complex interactions between religion, archaeology, and the natural sciences in the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108042062
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. View of the mountains of Moab from Jerusalem; 2. Route from Hebron to Engedi; 3. An early start; 4. From the Sáfieh to Kerak; 5. Kerak; 6. Excursion to the south of Kerak; 7. From Rabba to the Arnon; 8. From Dibon eastward; 9. Return from the Wady Na'ur to Um Rasas; 10. Departure from Um Rasas; 11. The Palace of Mashita; 12. Second visit to Mashita; 13. Change from the highlands; 14. Visit to Machaerus; 15. Visit to Zara, the ancient Zareth-Shahar; 16. Departure from Callirrhoe; 17. The north-west corner of Moab; 18. The Wady Heshban; Chapter on the Persian Palace of Mashita James Ferguson; Appendix; Index.

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