Remains Of The Ancient Bridge Between The Jewish Temple And Mount Zion. -- By: E. Robinson

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 001:4 (Nov 1844)
Article: Remains Of The Ancient Bridge Between The Jewish Temple And Mount Zion.
Author: E. Robinson


Remains Of The Ancient Bridge Between The Jewish Temple And Mount Zion.

E. Robinson

This Article refers to a review of Dr. Olin’s “Travels in Palestine,” in the North American Review for October, 1843; and to a letter from Dr. Olin in reply, published in the number of the same work for January, 1844. The following remarks, with the exception of the letter from Mr. Nicolayson and one or two other instances, appeared also in the North American for January, 1844. They are repeated here, partly for the purpose of introducing that letter; and partly as a matter of literary history relating to an interesting point in Jewish Antiquities. As to the other matters in question between Dr. Olin and the Review, I have never supposed that it belonged to me to take any part in the controversy before the public.

The first intimation of the existence of any remains of the ancient bridge so often mentioned by Josephus, was given to the public in my work on Palestine. In that work, after recounting the manner in which I was led to notice and recognize these remains, and after a full description of them, there is subjoined the following note:

“Since the above was written, 1 have been informed by both Messrs. Bono-mi and Catherwood, the well known artists, that, they likewise remarked these large stones in 1833, and recognized in them the beginning- of an immense arch. They regarded them, too, as probably among the most ancient remains in or around Jerusalem: but had no suspicion of their historical import.”—Biblical Researches in Palestine, Vol. I., p. 427.

This note was first written in London, in October, 1840, after an interview with Mr. Bonomi. He spoke of the remains as being the fragment of an arch; but frankly added, “We could make nothing more of them.” The note was afterwards submitted in manuscript to Mr. Catherwood, in New York; who kindly showed me his very beautiful drawing of the remains in question, and corroborated the general statement of Mr. Bonomi. The note was printed with his sanction. 31y work appeared in July, 1841. The facts respecting the recognition of the bridge had been extensively published in this country in October, 1838; and, before the

middle of 1839, they had been further spread before the world as widely as the public presses of England, Germany, and the United States could give them currency.

Dr. Olin was in Jerusalem in April, 1840; and in his Travels, published in April, 1843, (nearly two years later than my work,) after describing the ancient remains around the mosk, he has the following passage.

“I could not learn that the most interesting and unquestionable of these remains...

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