Bible Illustrations From Bible Lands -- By: Thomas Laurie

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 036:144 (Oct 1879)
Article: Bible Illustrations From Bible Lands
Author: Thomas Laurie


Bible Illustrations From Bible Lands

Rev. Thomas Laurie

(Continued from p. 560)

In so large a work it is not always easy to avoid repetition; for one forgets what is already written. The following instances of this occur: On one page (29) we are told that Egypt “is closed in on the west and east by arid sands and barren mountains, and owes its fertility to the yearly overflowings of the Nile’; and on another (73): It is “closed in on the east and west by perfectly barren mountains and sandy plains, and watered by the Nile.”

On one page (71) Dr. Van Lennep says of the same country: “It is quite common to see troops of people, especially children, both boys and girls, swimming from one village to another”; and on another (493): “In the summer it is not uncommon to come upon a group of girls, whose graceful motions, as

they swim to some neighboring village, can only be compared to those of a flock of aquatic birds.”

On two pages (23 and 41) we are told that Jordan means “the descender.” The explanation of the name “parasol pine” is twice given (pp. 154, 162). The information that “the magpie makes himself useful by picking off the horseflies from the cattle, sheep, and even the deer, and is hence on terms of familiar friendship with them,” is given twice (pp. 270, 823).

One page tells us that on the flat roof “the washed wheat is spread to dry, as well as flax and various vegetables and fruits, to be stored as winter provisions” (p. 440); and another (p. 446): “There the industrious housewife spreads for drying the various vegetables and fruits which constitute her winter stores.”

Pasturma is defined on one page (106) as dried and pressed beef, strongly flavored with onions and garlic, which forms part of the winter provision of most families; and again (p. 175), as the flesh of a young bullock or cow, salted, pressed, and well seasoned with a preparation of pounded garlic, strong spices, etc., which is then dried, and forms the essential winter provision.

Sometimes a thing is stated twice over which is not correct, as that white clothes are always worn by Yezidee priests (pp. 698, 731). This is true only of the higher order of priests. Mr. Layard (Nineveh and its Remains, 1:240) speaks of the Fakirs or lower orders of priests, dressed in brown garments of coarse cloth and wearing black turbans, and (p. 241) of the Cawals, another order of priests (p. 234), in their motley dresses of black and white, all of which agrees with our own recollections of Sheikh Adi.

In one place he tells us (p. 726) that “Jerusalem is still the Jewish ku...

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