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AUTHOR'S PREFACE.

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Parables have all a natural basis, upon which they are constructed by the divine skill of Him who spoke as never man spake, and these mostly cluster about Nazareth, Gennesaret, and Capernaum.

The pictorial illustrations have been prepared with much care, and beautifully executed, and add greatly not only to the interest, but also to the real value of the work. Many of them are original, and others selected from the best ex. isting sources, and so corrected as to be more true to nature, and more appropriate to the book. In this department the author has been largely indebted to the pencil of his son, W.H. Thomson. The maps have been compiled and drawn with exclusive reference to the present work, and embody, it is believed, all the most valuable results of recent geographical explorations in the Holy Land.

Each volume is supplied with two copious and carefully. prepared indexes, one of texts, and the other of names and subjects; and the attention of the reader is particularly directed to them, as they will greatly facilitate reference to those parts of the work where the various subjects treated of, and the Scripture passages illustrated, are to be found.

And now, with the cheerful hope and fervent prayer that our pleasant pilgrimage together through the earthly Canaan may hereafter be resumed and perpetuated in the heavenly, the author bids his courteous reader a cordial adieu.

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LIST OF ENGRAVINGS IN VOL. I.

PAGE

Frontispiece.

20 21 23

23 26, 27

29 33

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Map of Southern Syria and Palestine.
View of Beirût.....
Kharûb-tree
Pods of the Kharûb
Sycamore-tree
Figs of the Sycamore.
Moslems at Prayer.
Gate of a City
Letter-writer..
Barber's Shop
Street, with loaded Camels..
Fountain at Beirût........
House with Roof and Battlements.
Terrace with Vines....
Sparrow ......
View of Dog River......,
Road over Pass at Dog River......
Figure of Persian Warrior at Dog River.
Egyptian Figures at Dog River........
Natural Bridge over N. el Lebn...
Palm-trees....
Cluster of Dates..
Raven .....
Dove.
Olive-branch
Aged Olive-tree surrounded by young ones
Sarcophagi..
View of Damûr (River).....
Arabs at a Well
Specimens of Tattooing..
The Tomb of Jonas .
Arbor covered with a Gourd
Horned Ladies.....
Pewit.....
Hedhood
Residence of Lady Hester Stanhope
Grave of Lady H. Stanhope
Bridge over the Owely.....
Sidon from the North ..

38 48 49 52

53 55, 56

57 58 59 62 66 67 68 68 73 77

80 85, 86

90 92 94 97 101 104

105 107, 108

111

122 125, 126

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