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AND THE MOST
CELEBRATED ORIENTAL TRAVELLERS;
EMBRACING ALSO THE SUBJECT OF THE
FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY,
AS EXHIBITED BY KEITH AND OTHERS;
WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF THE
PRESENT STATE OF COUNTRIES AND PLACES MENTIONED IN THE SACRED WRITINGS, ILLUSTRATED
BY NUMEROUS LANDSCAPE ENGRAVINGS, FROM SKETCHES TAKEN ON THE SPOT.
REV. GEORGE BUSH,
PROFESSOR OF HEBREW AND ORIENTAL LITERATURE IN THE NEW YORK CITY UNIVERSITY.
PUBLISHED BY THE
Court of Vermont.
STEREOTYPED BY FRANCIS P. RIPI.EY, NEW YORK
In presenting the public with another of their Comprehensive volumes, the publishers take the opportunity to acknowledge the favor which their efforts to circulate useful and religious knowledge in a condensed and cheap form have hitherto met with "THE COMPREHENSIVE COMMENTARY on the Bible," "THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF Religious KNOWLEDGE," and " THE POLYGLOTS BIBLE" edited by the Rev. Mr. Warne, have met with a sale far surpassing that of any other work of equal magnitude in the United States, or in the world, in the same length of time. The Vermont Chronicle well remarks, that they might be all boun ? to match, and appropriately entitled,
“THE COMPREHENSIVE LIBRARY OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE.” Encouraged by the great popularity of those works, the same publishers have been induced to bring forward the present volum-). in the hope that it may find equal favor with the public, as they have no doubt that it is equally deserving of it.
It will be seen from a slighi examination, that this, like its predecessors, is comprehensive in its character, einbracing the sur stance and value of more than fifteen octavo volumes, together with a great amount of matter illustrative of the Scriptures, drawfrom biblical writers, the accounts of oriental travellers, periodicals, &c. &c. (See the Preface for an explanation of the plan ami a list of authors quoted.) The value of the materials of which the volume is composed, will be readily seen, and it would be superfluous to remark upon the peculiar qualifications of the editor.
This rolume is not designed to take the place of commentaries, but is a distinct department of biblical illustration, and ma'; be used as a companion to the Comprehensive or any other Commentary, or the common Bible.
THE ENGRAVINGS in the volume, it is believed, will form no small part of its attractions. No pains have been spared to procure such as should embellish the work, and at the same time illustrate the text. Objections that have been made to the pictures commonly introducer into the Bible, as being mere creations of fancy and the imagination, often unlike nature, and frequently conveying false impres sions, cannot be urged against the pictorial illustrations of this volume. Here the fine arts are made subservient to utility, the landscape views being, without an exception, MATTER OF Fact views of places mentioned in Scripture, as they appear at the pre sent day; thus in many instances exhibiting in the most forcible manner to the eye, the strict and literal fulfilment of the remark. able prophecies ; "the present ruined and desolate condition of the cities of Babylon, Nineveh, Selah, &c., and the countries of Edom and Egypt, are astonishing examples, and so completely exemplify, in the most minute particulars, every thing which was foretold of them in the height of their prosperity, that no better description can now be given of them than a simple quotation from a chapter and verse of the Bible written iwo or three thousand years ago." The publishers are enabled to select from several collections lately published in London, the proprietor of one of which says, that " several distinguished travellers have afforded him the use of nearly Three Hundred Original Sketches” of Scripture places, made upon the spot. “ The land of Palestine, it is well known, abounds in scenes of the most picturesque beauty. Syria comprehends the snowy heights of Lebanon, and the majestic ruins of Tadmor and Baalbec. The gigantic temples of Egypt, ihe desolate plains of Babylon and Nineveh, the ruined cities of Idumea, Moab, and Ammon, and the rocky solitudes of mount Sinai-all afford subjects most admirably adapted to the artist's pencil."
An eminent writer, speaking of the Engravings of PETRA, (or Slan) says, " By merely afixing a text to the splendid engravings of the ruins of Petra, the beauties of art become immediately subservient to the interests of religion. Where recently it was difheult, ir not impossible, lo ascertain a single fact, and where only indirect evidence could te obtained, men may now as it were look upon Idumea, and we how the lines of confusion and the stones of emptiness have been stretched over it" (in literal fulfilment of pro phecy.) "And we may now in like manner look upon the ruins of the chief city of Edom, (Petra or Selah,) of which the very existence was until lately entirely unknown. All die plates attest its vast magnificence, and ibe almost incredible and inconceivable labor, continued, as it must have been, from age to age, prior to the days of Moses and later tan the Christian era, by which so great a multiplicity of dwellings and temples WERE EXCAVATED FROM THE ROCK."-Keith on the Prophecies.
THE FRONTISPIECE, ROME, has been done on steel at great expense, by an accomplished artist. It is thus described by Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne, author of the Introduction to the Critical Study of the Scriptures :
"The Forum which is delineated in our engraving is perhaps the most melancholy object which Rome contains. Not only is ils former grandeur utterly annihilated, but the ground has not been applied to any other purpose. When the visiter descends into it from the Capitoline Hill, or Mount, he finds many of the ancient buildings buried under irregular heaps of soil. Where the Roman people beheld temples, erected to perpetuate their exploits, and where the nobles vied with each other in the magnificence of their dwellings, we now see a few insulated pillars standing, and some broken arches. The Roman Forum is now called Campo Vaccino; and is computed to have been 705 feet in length and 470 in width.
The three pillars on the right of our engraving are said to have belonged to the temple of JUPITER TONANS: they stand on the declivity of the Capitol. It is known from Suetonius that Augustus erected such a temple at the foot of the Capitol, in gratitude for his escape from being struck by lightning. The capitals are of the Corinthian order, and of white marble, fluted and of great size, being 4 feet and 4 inches in diameter. According to Vitruvius, the temple of Jupiter Tonans had a portico of 30 columns.
The building which appears on the left, is the Arch of Septimus Severus, erected in honor of that emperor and his two sons, to commemorate two triuinphs over the Parthians. It stands at the foot of the Capitol, and is of white marble. It is ornamenteil with eight fluted composite pillars, and formerly there was a chariot on the top.
In the centre is the TEMPLE OF FORTUNE, for a long time mistaken for the Temple of Concord. Its portico only remains: it consists of a front of six Ionic columns of granite, the bases and capitals of which are marble.
Christianity is supposed to have heen first planted at Rome by some of those "strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, (Acts 2: 10.) who heard Paul preach and were converted at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. To the church thus formed in the metropolis of the world, Paul'inscribed his epistle to the Romuns (ch. 1: v.7.) Hither Paul was carried a prisoner, (Acts 28: 14, 16.). and here he dwelt two whole years " in his own hired house," and from this city he wrote his epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon and ad Timothy, and here he suffered martyrdom, aboui A. D. 66."
THE VIGNETTE TITLE-PAGE (HAGAR AND ISHMAEL) is the only fancy sketch in the volume. It represents a touching scene in the story of Hagar, where the mother is presenting her son with a refreshing draught of water from the fountain which God had opened her eyes to see, after the water being spent in ber bottle, she had cast him under a shrub and gone " and sat down over against him, a good way off, as it were a bow shot, for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice and wept.”
THE PROFILE OF OUR SAVIOR, at the beginning of the New Testament, is copied from a London work entitled, " The Truths of Revelation demonstrated by an Appeal to exisling Monuments, Coins, Medals, fc." The author remarks, "We think it by no means improbable, that some of the early Jewish converts might be desirous to possess a memorial of their Lord in a medal which might bear an impress of his
visage and that such medals did exist, though both Celsus and Origen might be ignorant of them. In these remote periods, even in the paintings and sculptures of Thebes, much more in those of Greece and Rome, their statues and pictures were correct likenesses, and were multiplied without reserve. Besides, there was another source which might supply such a medal, altogether irrespective of the early Christians. Searcely an event occurred, of great moment, that was not cominemorated on a coin or medal. So remarkable a history of events as those which occurred in Judea would not pass by, we may be perfectly sure, without some such conmemoration. 'It is highly probable, that the governor of Judea would send to Tiberius, and the Roman Senate, a representation of the illustrious individual who was the author of that' new religion which, according to their own account, had ' turned the world upside down.?". Copies of several medals are given in the work referred to, all bearing a great resemblance to each other, and on one of which the word Messias appears. Of one of them the author remarks," It is interesting to consider this medal in connection with the celebrated letter of Lentulus to Tiberius, with which description it remarkably corresponds. *** In rejecting documents such as these we may be guilty of an unwarrantable scepticism. We do not see why this should not have been taken; but we see many reasons to believe that such a representation of our Savior might have been copied."
LIST OF THE ENGRAVINGS. 1. ROME. The Forum Frontispiece.
16. Thex or Wild Goal.
Matt. 2:4. Page 575 2. HAGAR AND ISHMAEL.. Vignette Title. Gen. 21. 17. Coney.
576 3. Gopher Weol. Gen. 6:14. Page 13 18. No Amon (Thebes.) Jer, 46:23. Page 503 34. Street in Jerusalem.
* 27: 2 4. Monat Ararat.
504 | 35 Tiberias and Sea of Galilee. John 6: 1, 2 " 612 5. Syrian Dove.
" 9: 7.
613 6. Olive..
Acts 18: 19. 620 7. Mount Sinai and Horeb. Exod. 19: 1.
Rev. 2: 8. 8. Samrait of Mount Hor. Numb, 20:22 28 23. Egypt. Ruined Temples. Ezek. 30:6-13
535 39. Pergamas.
644 9. Valley of Ajalou. Josh. 10: 12 131 24. Ruined Temple of Isja.
636 40. Sardis.
3: 1. 645 10. Eastern Posture of Submission. I Chr. 29:24. End vol. 25. Ashkelon
Zeph. 2: 4.
3: 7. 11. Puneral Chariot.
2 Kings 9: 28.
3: 14. 12. Captivity
Rev. 1: 9. 656 03 Kenjing Trọnghe.
Exod. 12: 34.
512 14. The Stocks, or Easteru Mode of
29. Petra Tombs. Jer 49: 16. Mal. 1: 4. 513 45. PROFILE OF OUR SAVIOR, Frontispiece to the Punishment
Job 13: 27
572 New Testament 15 Will Ass.
* 39: 5,8 " 31. Babylon. Dirs Nimrod. ler. 51: 62