Review Of The “Identification Of Mount Pisgah” -- By: Thomas Laurie

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 033:129 (Jan 1876)
Article: Review Of The “Identification Of Mount Pisgah”
Author: Thomas Laurie

Review Of The “Identification Of Mount Pisgah”

Rev. Thomas Laurie

In the midst of Centennial celebrations of the Revolution, it is pleasant to note the bands of love that now unite the two nations then at war. It is not less pleasant to note that some of these relate to our common inheritance—the English Bible. One of them is our united revision of that time-honored translation, and another our united exploration of the land of the Bible. England has invited us to join in this more thorough exposition of “The Land and the Book,” and America has accepted the invitation, with a cordial devotion to the work, and no less cordial reciprocation of the kind feelings that prompted the offer.

Nothing will do more to correct the false impressions of the word of God that scepticism circulates so industriously, and at the same time promote its intelligent study, than the

knowledge of Palestine resulting from its thorough exploration.

The work of the English “Palestine Exploration Fund “west of the Jordan is a monument of conscientious thoroughness. It introduces a new era into biblical knowledge. The variety and wide range of its beneficent results are only beginning to be understood. It is an honor to be associated with such men in such a work, and we mean to show our trans-Atlantic kindred that we are not unworthy of it. We have not yet come up to our own standard of excellence; but the sight of their well-tilled field, that we must needs pass through to reach our own, inspires the purpose to fall behind in nothing possible to be achieved. We have confidence that American Christians will take hold of the work eagerly as soon as they understand its nature and results.

It is the design of this Article to promote that end by a review of “The Identification of Pisgah” that has just appeared in the third Statement of the Palestine Exploration Society. This was written by Prof. John A. Paine, Archaeologist of the Expedition in 1873, and formerly Professor in Robert College, Constantinople, and is an able and thorough discussion of the whole subject.

To appreciate it fairly we need to note what had been previously known of the locality. Josephus calls Abarim “a lofty height, lying over against Jericho, affording a view of the best and greatest part of the land of Canaan.”1 Eusebius says, “It is said also to be Mt. Nabau, and is the land of Moab opposite Jericho, beyond the Jordan, on the top of Phasgo, and it is pointed out in going up from Libias (Livias) toward Heshbon, called by the same names, hard by Mt. Phogor (Peor), also bearing this name still. Thence also the region i...

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