Select Theological And Literary Intelligence -- By: J. Perkins

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 009:35 (Jul 1852)
Article: Select Theological And Literary Intelligence
Author: J. Perkins

Select Theological And Literary Intelligence

Dr. J. Perkins


“May 23rd (1849), we crossed the Tigris, and were obliged to wait a long time on the eastern bank for our muleteers. We thus started late, and rode to the village of Tel-keepa, which is ten or twelve miles distant from Mosul. Our course was a little west of north. Our road lay over a slightly undulating section of the great Plain, which, like the rest of it, is extensively cultivated with wheat. We saw several stags in one of the wheat-fields, and they are said to be common all over the Plain. As we passed along the north end of old Nineveh, opposite Mosul, which we had visited before, I observed that the ancient wall turns at right angles, and has a very regular appearance. There are gaps in the ridges marking these walls, probably the sites of gateways, through which roads from the east to Mosul now run, doubtless right along the great streets of the ancient city.

Tel-keepa, the village where we stopped far the night, is inhabited by Papal Nestorians, and is estimated to contain 500 families, being much the largest Papal Nestorian village in this province. It is situated in a hollow, and takes its name StonyJiill, from the stony hills around it. The houses are built of soft lime-stone, in irregular fragments, laid in mud.

“May 24. We rose before the sun, having slept oh the flat roof. There was a heavy dew, from which I had taken cold. We soon proceeded on our way, and travelled about twenty miles to the town of Elkusfa We rode many miles still over the undulating Plain the swells and hollows being clothed with a rich growth of wheat; but there were no trees nor streams; and in the villages, stagnant pools and wells in low hollows, their only dependence, can furnish no good water. The crops are all sustained by the rains of spring; and it must be parched and dreary on this vast fertile Plain, later in the season. Our course was still a little west of north. We passed a Papal Nestorian village, six or seven miles north of Tel-keepa, the name of which is Butnai, containing 130 families. Six or eight miles farther on, is the village of Tescopa (high hill), also inhabited by Papal Nestorians, and containing 120 families. We passed over extensive sections of soft lime-stone, the protruding edges of alabaster strata glistening in the sun) and pointing us to the inexhaustible quarries from which the marble for the palaces of ancient Nineveh were obtained. Two miles distant, on our left, appeared three white, pointed domes of the Yezedees, the Sheikhs, as they are called, viz. Sheikh Semes (the sun), Sheikh Haddee> and Melek Fakir

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