The American School In Jerusalem -- By: James A. Montgomery
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The American School In Jerusalem
IN being honored by the invitation of the distinguished Editor of
It is an honor to America that among the pioneers in this field were its own citizens, men who were devoted in their love of the Bible and who were determined to apply all possible means of knowledge and science to its elucidation. But noblesse oblige!—the honor is a challenge to us, their successors. What great things they accomplished in the day of small things! And have we with all our resources and opportunities kept pace with them? In addition to Robinson we recall Lieutenant Lynch, who made the first geological survey in Palestine by his scientific exploration of the Dead Sea. There was the ambitious undertaking of the American Palestine Exploration Fund in the early seventies, modeled after the British Palestine Exploration Fund, which boldly undertook to share with the somewhat older organization in the honor of surveying and exploring the Holy Land.1 There are the several
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names of many individuals who have contributed to the credit of America: the missionary Rev. Eli Smith, who made Robinson’s researches possible; another American missionary, Rev. W. M. Thompson, whose Land and the Book remains a classic; the American Consul at Jerusalem, Selah Merrill, who was more like the European diplomatic officers in his zeal for research, unlike those of our own day, whom our government confines strictly to business; the distinguished scholars of the American University in Beirut, who in various ways have contributed to the study of Syria and Palestine, among whom may be singled out the veteran W. J. Bliss, the first excavator of a Palestinian tell and the author of the best book on the history of Palestinian exploration. In the past two decades America has taken its part in several grand archaeological enterprises, at Samaria under the auspices of Harvard University, at Beth-shean u...
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