Maps Of Palestine. -- By: Samuel Wolcott

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 002:7 (Aug 1845)
Article: Maps Of Palestine.
Author: Samuel Wolcott


Maps Of Palestine.

Rev. Samuel Wolcott

Former Missionary in Syria.

New Map of Palestine, from the latest Authorities; chiefly from the Maps and Drawings of Robinson and Smith, with Corrections and Additions furnished by the Rev. Dr. Robinson, 1845. New York: J. H. Colton.

Palestine and Mount Lebanon; enlarged from Kiepert’s Map, in Robinson and Smith’s Biblical Researches; with Additions and Corrections, principally from the same Authorities; by Joseph Tracy. Boston: Crocker and Brewster.

A new interest in Biblical Geography has been awakened in our country by the recent publications of Professor Robinson, of which the Maps above named are at once the evidence and the fruit. The importance of this science needs no vindication to the readers of this Journal. It is a department which has furnished some of the clearest explanations and most striking confirmations of the declarations of Scripture; and without some acquaintance with the geography of Palestine, no one can be an intelligent reader of the sacred volume. An authentic Map of Palestine, in the form in which these are prepared, has long been regarded as a desideratum by the careful student of the Bible. The simultaneous appearance of the two maps before us is a proof of the general demand.

These maps are mainly, as they profess to be, an enlargement of the one which was published in the Biblical Researches. The map thus used as a basis was a great advance on any previous publication of the kind. Very few points in Palestine had been accurately ascertained, either by astronomical observation or geometrical survey. The designations of most travellers had been indefinite and loose, and often fabulous and legendary. Robinson and Smith were deficient in instruments, most of their bearings having been taken with a plain pocket compass; an imperfection which was in a measure supplied by the rigid and minute correctness of their specifications. They furnished invaluable materials; but there are few readers, we apprehend, who fully appreciate the difficult and perplexing task performed by the individual, who

had this and all other accessible and available information to reduce to the consistency and completeness of a Map. The patient industry and fidelity with which he labored in his art, are apparent both from his maps and from the interesting Memoir which accompanied them.1 All things considered, his Map of Palestine must be pronounced one of the finest achievements of modern cartography; and those of our readers who have learned to value the splendid results gathered by our countrymen and embodied in the Biblical Researches, will acknowl...

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