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The Holy City of Jew, Moslem, and Christian-A Summary of its History-Situation–Jerusalem of To-day-Population

Religious Sects—The Walls and Gates-Streets and Bazaars-A Scene near the Jaffa Gate–The Tower of Hippicus -The Church of the Holy Sepulchre-Chapels in the Church-The Holy Fire-Legends-Golgotha - The Via DolorosaThe Hârâm-esh-Sherif-Associations—The Dome of the Rock-The Cave-Holy Places of the Moslems-The Mosque El-Aksa-The Dome of the Chain-The Place of Judgment—The Golden Gate-The Throne of Solomon-The First Explorer-Recent Explorations—The Cradle of Christ-Solomon's Stables-Walls of the Hârâm -Robinson's ArchWater-Supply-The Jews' Wailing-Place-Hospital of the Knights of St. John-Tomb of David-The Conaculum. ENVIRONS : Valley of Gihon-Valley of Hinnom-Aceldama-Job's Well-En-Rogel-Pool of Siloam-Fountain of the Virgin-Pyramid of Zacharias-Grotto of St. James-Tomb of Jehoshaphat-Tomb of Absalom-Mount of Olives View-Bethany-Garden of Gethsemane-Tomb of the Virgin-Tombs of the Kings (or Helena)—Damascus GateQuarries-Philanthropic Institutions.

ERUSALEM is unlike any other city in the world. Age after age, pilgrims

have been drawn to it; scholars have studied every particular concerning it; explorers have searched with wistful eyes through its ruins; teachers have

collected every scrap of information about it to tell reverently to their pupils ; preachers have framed ten thousand sermons upon it; painters and poets have

described it over and over again, and in minutest detail. And why? Because in the veins of every man there is the beating of a spiritual life whose origins are recorded in the wondrous series of legends, genealogies, surveys, histories, laws, poetry, which formed

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on every side but the north by the ravines of two streamlets which shut it in eastward and westward, and one of which bends round its southern front ere it joins its fellow in a common descent to the Dead Sea. The fall of these two lateral valleys is very greatsome 600 feet in a little more than a mile—and the result is that, looked at across their junction from the south, Jerusalem appears to stand on the summit of a considerable cliff. A dry valley running northward, however, divides its mass into two elevations, the Western Zion overlooking its Eastern rival of Moriah. Zion is in effect the city of David, the site of the palaces and tombs of the Kings; Moriah is the site of the Temple ; the valley between—the valley of the Tyropæon-probably the site of the lower trading town. The look of the whole is still the look which the dual termination of the Hebrew name is perhaps intended to convey, that of a double city ; the city of the Jebusite and the Hebrew, the capital of the composite kingdom of Israel and Judah, the joint throne of King and Priest. But in any save these grander features of the site it is impossible to imagine a greater contrast than between the silent rubbish heaps covered with lines of squalid streets, which form the modern city, and the city of David and the Kings; Moriah crowned with the proud colonnades of the Temple, linked to Olivet by an immense viaduct, and spanning the Tyropæon with another; Zion covered with the gorgeous palaces, and not less gorgeous tombs, of an Eastern dynasty, the lower city buzzing with the noise of shop and bazaar, and on either side the silence of the two ravines, the homes of the dead dotted with sepulchres, and foul with the refuse of the capital.”

It would be impossible in our limited space to give an account of the city in each of its historical epochs, and to the majority of readers it would be uninteresting. All we can attempt to do is to describe it as it is to-day.

It is difficult to obtain any satisfactory estimate of the population of Jerusalem, which has been variously given from 10,000 to 30,000. It is probable that 24,000 is nearer the mark -composed of 13,000 Moslems, 7,000 Christians, and 4,000 Jews. The Moslems, as a body, are natives, and concerning them a theory of interest has of late years been started by M. Clermont-Ganneau, in which he claims that a large part of the present inhabitants of Palestine generally, who commonly pass for Arabs, are nothing less than the descendants of the nations which occupied the land before the Hebrew conquest under Joshua; that the existing peasantry are not Arabs or Hebrews, but Canaanites, Jebusites, Perizzites, Hittites, and others of the seven doomed nations. In his view these elder inhabitants of Canaan have lived through all conquests, all settlements from the Hebrew to the Ottoman; he holds that the inhabitants of the rural districts of Palestine, as opposed to those of the towns, are still their direct descendants. He grounds his argument on supposed remains of Semitic Polytheism among the Arab-speaking fellahs; on the identity of the language spoken alike by Hebrews and Canaanites; on the facts, as recorded in the Scriptures, that the conquering Hebrews did not exterminate the original inhabitants, but "mingled among the heathen and learned their works," and that when the Israelites were carried to Babylon the poor of the land—the forefathers, according to M. Clermont-Ganneau, of the present fellahs—were left behind; and, finally, that the later conquests of Palestine were not conquests of extermination.

The Jews are divided into two sects—the Sephardim, of Spanish origin, and the Askenazim, chiefly of German and Polish origin. Nearly all live on the charity of their the literature of the ancient people of that land whose capital was Jerusalem-a literature preserved in the sacred books which Christendom treasures as her Bible.

Every spot in that“ Holy” Land has a sacred interest wherever the Bible is in circulation; but whatever interest other spots may present, the interest of all is summed up in Jerusalem. There was the Salem from whence, in the narrative of Abraham, Melchizedek, the King of Peace, came down to greet the Patriarch of the Hebrew race. “ There was the impregnable fortress from which, long after their fellow-Hittites had been swept away, the men of Jebus looked out defiantly over the settlement and strife of the invader. There stood the city of David, and the royal tombs that received, one by one, the long line of David's descendants. There, over against it, rose, fell, and rose again, the great Temple which enshrined the faith of the Jew. There stood that Holy Sepulchre from which flowed the faith of Chri om. It is the Holy City of Jew, of Moslem, of Christian, alike; the one fount to which all these widely diverging streams look back for their origin. It is the one spot where Jew and Christian and Moslem still meet face to face, the home to which that strange race, dispersed throughout the world, clings as its own; the one point where the jealousies of Eastern and Western Christendom still rage with mediæval intensity; the one point where the fated rivalry between the Turk and Christendom has taken fire in our own day, and threatens to take fire still.”

In the thrilling story of the history of the Holy City told by sacred and secular writers we have the record of the capture of the citadel of the Jebusites, which thenceforth took the name of the “ City of David,” and Jerusalem became the civil and religious centre of the united kingdom of Israel and Judah. There, too, we read of how it was adorned and fortified by Solomon, and the great Temple built on Mount Moriah; how in Rehoboam's reign it was besieged and plundered by Shishak, King of Egypt; how it engaged in struggles with the revolted tribes; how it was attacked by Syrians, Assyrians, and Egyptians, pillaged by Philistines and Arabians, besieged by the Assyrians under Sennacherib, fortified and restored by Hezekiah, taken, ransacked, and partially destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, and its inhabitants carried captives into Babylon ; how, by the dauntless energy of Ezra, Nehemiah, and others, the city was rebuilt, notwithstanding the opposition of the Samaritans; how it fell into the hands of Alexander the Great, of Ptolemy Sotor, King of Egypt, and of the Seleucidæ of Syria; how it was desecrated and oppressed by Antiochus Epiphanes, and after a national revolution was restored under the sway of the Maccabæan Princes; how it was taken by the Romans under Pompey, and made tributary to Rome; how Herod the Great held sway and rebuilt the splendid temple, and raised magnificent palaces on Mount Zion; and how in A.D. 70, under Titus, the city was besieged, captured, and totally destroyed. Then follows the Christian occupation of three hundred years; the Mohammedan conquest, with its monumental record; the building of the Dome of the Rock; the Crusades, the Christian Kingdom, and the final settling down of the city under the long night of Mohammedan rule, unbroken till our day save by the periodical flocking of pilgrims or travellers to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, or by a more than usually scandalous outbreak between the Greek and Latin monks.

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on every side but the north by the ravines of two streamlets which shut it in eastward and westward, and one of which bends round its southern front ere it joins its fellow in a common descent to the Dead Sea. The fall of these two lateral valleys is very greatsome 600 feet in a little more than a mile—and the result is that, looked at across their junction from the south, Jerusalem appears to stand on the summit of a considerable cliff. A dry valley running northward, however, divides its mass into two elevations, the Western Zion overlooking its Eastern rival of Moriah. Zion is in effect the city of David, the site of the palaces and tombs of the Kings; Moriah is the site of the Temple ; the valley between—the valley of the Tyropeon-probably the site of the lower trading town. The look of the whole is still the look which the dual termination of the Hebrew name is perhaps intended to convey, that of a double city; the city of the Jebusite and the Hebrew, the capital of the composite kingdom of Israel and Judah, the joint throne of King and Priest. But in any save these grander features of the site it is impossible to imagine a greater contrast than between the silent rubbish-heaps covered with lines of squalid streets, which form the modern city, and the city of David and the Kings; Moriah crowned with the proud colonnades of the Temple, linked to Olivet by an immense viaduct, and spanning the Tyropæon with another; Zion covered with the gorgeous palaces, and not less gorgeous tombs, of an Eastern dynasty, the lower city buzzing with the noise of shop and bazaar, and on either side the silence of the two ravines, the homes of the dead dotted with sepulchres, and foul with the refuse of the capital.”

It would be impossible in our limited space to give an account of the city in each of its historical epochs, and to the majority of readers it would be uninteresting.

All we can attempt to do is to describe it as it is to-day.

It is difficult to obtain any satisfactory estimate of the population of Jerusalem, which has been variously given from 10,000 to 30,000. It is probable that 24,000 is nearer the mark -composed of 13,000 Moslems, 7,000 Christians, and 4,000 Jews. The Moslems, as a body, , are natives, and concerning them a theory of interest has of late years been started by M. Clermont-Ganneau, in which he claims that a large part of the present inhabitants of Palestine generally, who commonly pass for Arabs, are nothing less than the descendants of the nations which occupied the land before the Hebrew conquest under Joshua ; that the existing peasantry are not Arabs or Hebrews, but Canaanites, Jebusites, Perizzites, Hittites, and others of the seven doomed nations. In his view these elder inhabitants of Canaan have lived through all conquests, all settlements from the Hebrew to the Ottoman; he holds that the inhabitants of the rural districts of Palestine, as opposed to those of the towns, are still their direct descendants. He grounds his argument on supposed remains of Semitic Polytheism among the Arab-speaking fellahs; on the identity of the language spoken alike by Hebrews and Canaanites; on the facts, as recorded in the Scriptures, that the conquering Hebrews did not exterminate the original inhabitants, but "mingled among the heathen and learned their works,” and that when the Israelites were carried to Babylon the poor of the land—the forefathers, according to M. Clermont-Ganneau, of the present fellahs—were left behind; and, finally, that the later conquests of Palestine were not conquests of extermination.

The Jews are divided into two sects—the Sephardim, of Spanish origin, and the Askenazim, chiefly of German and Polish origin. Nearly all live on the charity of their

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