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hill on which it stands is a ruined tower; and, in be treasured up as matter for affectionate and the south side, we passed some ruined arches. adoring meditation. The population-speaking from conjecture-may Thursday, Nov. 6, 1823.-Rising very earlybe rather more than that of Abilene, say six or for the interesting scenes around greatly excite seven hundred souls.

me, and often take sleep from my eyes—I went down into the court of the convent, and found the morning congregation already assembling at the

chapel. By the faint light, I observed particularly The sun was now fast declining: and, as we some females, dressed in complete white, gliding were well persuaded of the ignorance of our along the court to attend the service. The occaguides by the frequent questions which they ask. sional sound of the organ accompanying the voice ed on the road, we hastened on; and, at length, of the choristers was very touching. I did not, when it was nearly dark, having entered the however, enter; it seems to me, that, as Christian streets of Nazareth, proceeded to the Latin con- missionaries, it becomes us to be reserved in our vent, where we had an interview with the monks, communications with a system of worship which who were all collected together in the room of cannot be considered as pure from idolatry. the Superior. In this room is an order, fixed in a In the course of the morning, we visited the conspicuous place, directing that the pilgrims shall school of the convent. A native Roman Catholic enjoy hospitable entertainment for three days; is the master, and teaches the children Arabic. after which they are expected to move forward We counted forty scholars, but the master says on their visit to the different scenes of devotion in that he has fifty. They were chiefly reading, or this Holy Land. This direction did not, however, learning to repeat, the Arabic Psalter. This is apply to us; it being designed for those who pay the great school-book to all the native Christians: nothing. Having, therefore, entered the apart- yet it is in a style considerably elevated above the ment allotted to us, we began to revolve in our vernacular, modern language. minds how we might do some good in this place, We entered the chapel, at an hour when there and extend our excursion to the interesting spots was no service. It is a fine large building: and in its neighborhood, before we should turn our remarkably well adapted for display, there being faces toward Jerusalem.

three separate floors, tastefully arranged. 1. There are many passages in the history of our There is an elevated platform of ample dimendivine Redeemer, which glance, with such simpli- sions, on which stands the high altar; and from city and pathos, on the circumstances of His which the priests command a view of the congrecondescending and endearing intercourse with gation. 2. By a flight of steps on either side, those whom He came to save, that it would re- you descend from this platform to the longest quire a more than ordinary degree of moral in- floor; which comprehends, in fact, three-fourths sensibility, not to be touched with their beauty. of the total area of the building, and reaches to Who can read St. Luke's account of them, when the lower end of the chapel : here the congrega. he was at the tender age of twelve years, and not tion assembles. 3. From this floor, a broad flight be attracted toward Him by an irresistible affec- of steps, between the two flights before mentiontion? After He had been found by His disconso-ed, leads down to a small chapel and altar, directly late parents, and had gently reproved their misap- beneath the platform of the high altar. Standing, prehension of His conduct, which to them had therefore, in the middle of the principal floor, and appeared undutiful, it is added-proving, that un- looking toward the other two floors, the eye is dutifulness was no part of his character—“ And caught, below, by the altar of the salutationhe went down with them and came to Nazareth, above, by the solemnities of high mass—and, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept higher still

, by the organs in the galleries on the all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus in other side. The work is costly; and all around creased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with are large pictures in tapestry, exhibiting the difGod and man.” From my earliest childhood, I ferent parts of evangelical history, especially those have learned to admire that passage : and, now belonging to Nazareth. We descended the steps that I am on the very spot to which it refers, it to the lower altar, and had a priest to explain the comes over my mind with a new freshness and particulars of the place—such as the miraculous delight. Here I am, resting, where my Redeem-column, which still points out, it is said, where the er, perfect God and perfect Man, deigned to pass angel Gabriel stood; the house (or cavern rather) His youth; and was even subject to those, of hehind the altar, in which the Blessed Virgin livwhom He, as God, was the Creator and Lord ! ed; the very spot where she lighted her fire to Here, the devoted Mary, with a mother's fond- dress her food—and many such like things, to ness, and doubtless with a secret awe of His per- hear which excites one's pity. fect wisdom, kept all his sayings in her heart. In the afternoon, from the terrace of the conFew, very few of these His youthful expressions are recorded; the evangelists relating, almost so eminent a saint, yet speaks as a man ignorant of exclusively, the actions and discourses of His the conversation of Christ, and as one who supposmanhood and public ministry. But, here, those i ed himself to be personally unknown to our Lord. sayings were by Him uttered ; and, here, by If he had heard of the extraordinary discourses of Mary, and possibly by a few others,* they would Him, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and

knowledge, he would scarcely have broken out into * I venture to say, few others.” It might, per- that exclamation, Can there any good thing come out haps, not unfairly be inferred, that our Saviour's of Nazarelh? And when accosted familiariy by youth was very retired, from the circumstance that Jesus, he asks, Whence knovest thou me ? Nazareth Nathanael, who lived so near to Nazareth, and was i is distant from Cana only about five or six miles.

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vent, we had a very good view of the town. stood how agents of pontifical supremacy should From repeated estimates of the number of houses, impute party spirited motives to missionaries of which rise like an amphitheatre up the slope of another creed." May God grant, that the spirit of the hill on which modern Nazareth is built, I the Bible may so prevail

, as that all shall desire should judge that there are five hundred. This only the winning of souls to Christ! would, in this country, give a population certainly The superior of the convent having told our of as many as three thousand souls. One room servant not to sell any more sacred Scriptures : is sometimes occupied by from five to ten persons: the youth acquainted us with this command : addand one room of this sort frequently constitutes a ing, that the Superior had said, that the books house; as has already been noticed in the account would all be burnt when we were gone, and that of Beirout and Tyre.

the Greeks troubled him on the subject. I reIn the centre of the town, stands one mosque ;) plied, Giuseppe, there have been MEN put into the minaret of which daily proclaims, that Jesus the fire; who, nevertheless, came out unharmed; of Nazareth is not here the exclusive, or the and so it will be with the Scriptures : some may dominant, master. In no place which I have be burned; yet good will arise out of it, on the hitherto visited, does that sight diffuse such a sen- whole. We mean no disrespect to the Superior, sible melancholy over the scene.

under whose roof we are living ; but this book, The convent is surrounded by well-walled gar- you know, is the master of us al.” Very true," dens, with a good variety of fruit trees and vines. he replied, “and all buy it.”. • Then," I said, For want of money, however, the number of "continue to sell, and fear nothing; for it is the friars is small

, and the cultivation of the gardens will of God.” He did so ; and no evil came of it: is rather neglected.

so that he was much encouraged. We commenced the sale of sacred Scriptures In the afternoon, I went with Mr. Fisk to visit to-day. Mr. Fisk went out to reconnoitre the the Greek church. It is a little out of the town, different bodies of Christians, while I remained at to the north-east; a hundred steps or more behome, indisposed.

yond a well, to which the inhabitants of Nazareth Friday, Nov. 7, 1823.-The sale of the sacred go to draw water. In the church is a separate Scriptures continues with good success. Our oratory, in the centre of which is a deep hole, servant is active in this work, as we found him to communicating with the stream of water which be also at Acre.

supplies the above mentioned well. The Greeks Saturday, Nov. 8.—The distribution of Scrip- have their tradition, that the Virgin Mary was at tures, which is our principal work at present as this spot drawing water, when the angel Gabriel missionaries, continues; not, however, without saluted her. They do not deny that the Latin much inquiry and some opposition.

convent is built on the spot where her house The Greeks make no objection. Of the two stood; but they claim, for their part, the well of Maronite priests, one bought a copy from us, and the salutation. These distinctions furnish, to paid promptly for it; but, in two minutes, came to ignorant minds, matter for high controversy; and return it, and desired his money back, which we serve, after men have differed from one another gave him. The Latins are the principal objectors; on weightier matters, to keep up those petty irriand, I have no doubt, the instigators of all the tations, by which our great enemy prolongs among opposition that is made. We have, however, met us the note of religious strife. The people were their objections, one by one; and some even of collecting together to attend the vespers; and their own people come to purchase.

the priest encouraged them to buy our Arabic One of the priests plainly said, that they saw Scriptures; all of them speak Arabic, and some through the design of the English in bringing of them can read. We left a small supply for these books into the country—that it was, to form sale, during our absence of next week : these, we an ENGLISH PARTY; adding, that the money thus afterward found, were sold. The Greeks are the spent might, with far better success, be given most numerous body of Christians in Nazareth, away by us, " sotto mano,” as he expressed it : both by their own account and the admission of “ underhand,” for the promotion of our design. the others. They have three priests. An ENGLISH PARTY! What a grovelling idea! The Maronites here are few in number ; not Oh that missionaries may ever rise, and may they above twenty or thirty houses. They seem to be raise 'others also, above such an unholy mingling the outposts of Mount Lebanon ; for we found of secular glory, or national or party interest, with no more of them after this place, further south. holy things! True, we have often heard of the They have a church here; and wo priests, Bible Society as constituting the chief glory of brothers, from Ain el Warka. They asked for our nation; and, in a certain sense, it is so. But Syriac Scriptures; which, on a subsequent occawhat is the glory of a redeemed sinner ?-Humi-sion, I was enabled to send them. lity and love to his Redeemer. And what the The Latin convent, occupied by Franciscan best spirit of a Christian nation ?- The same friars, is by far the most conspicuous and commo. genuine humility, confessing that we are not dious building in Nazareth. It is entirely of worthy to present a hundred thousand talents as stone, and very substantial; and is surrounded by an offering for the service of the Lord; and fer-high walls. Adjoining it, but on the opposite side vent love, persevering till it makes that sum a mil- of the road, is another house of stone, belonging lion, and yet deems such a gift too low a measure to the “Terra Santa ;" occupied, at present, by of its affection.

the family of the Austrian vice consul, Seignior It is, however, natural for men to judge others Catafago, whom we ieft at Acre. This convent according to the standard of their own feelings : consists of an old and a new part. The old is and, on this ground, it may very well be under- not used at present, in consequence of the fewness

of the residents. The new part was built be- Nazareth, the author will add two observations, tween sixty and seventy years ago; and consists relative to its situation, which may tend to throw of about twenty-three rooms, on each side of three some light on passages of Scripture. long corridors, forming this figure but, to Nazareth is situated on the side, and extends gether with the old part, there must be at least nearly to the foot of a hill, which, though not very fifty habitable

rooms in the establishment, besides high, is rather steep and overhanging The eye out offices. The mode in which the chambers naturally wanders over its summit, in quest of are built may be understood by describing ours: the men of this place endeavored to cast our Sa

some point from which it might probably be that it is square; the walls of massive thickness, so as viour down : (Luke iv. 29) but in vain : no rock to support its own roof, which is concave, and

adapted to such an object appears. At the foot built of stone, without any wood. The corridors of the hill is a modest simple plain, surrounded by are arched. Thus, when walking on the top of low hills, reaching in length nearly a mile; in the roof, there are as many convex sections of a globe upon its surface, as there are chambers. breadth, near the city, a hundred and fifty yards ;

On This is a mode of building much more ornamental but, further on, about four hundred yards. than the flat roofs of Malta, which from their this plain there are a few olive trees, and fig trees,

sufficient, or rather scarcely sufficient, to make sameness weary the eye: these, on the contrary, the spot picturesque. Then follows a ravine, are somewhat picturesque at a distance, having which gradually grows deeper and narrower ; till, the appearance of many small domes. The te after walking about another mile

, you find yournants of this splendid establishment are, at present, self in an immense chasm with steep rocks on only eight or nine, of whom five or six are priests ; either side, from whence you behold, as it were four are Spanish; the rest are Neapolitans and beneath your feet, and before you, the noble plain Italians. Excepting the curate, who, as confessor, of Esdraelon. Nothing can be finer than the is under the necessity of speaking a little

Arabic, apparently immeasurable prospect of this plain, the rest are ignorant of that language; and some bounded to the south by the mountains of Samaria. of them seemed quite to laugh at the idea of The elevation of the hills on which the spectator knowing it. Of course, they do not preach; but stands in this ravine is very great ; and the whole Latin services of various kinds are almost con- scene, when we saw it, was clothed in the most stantly, day and night, performing in their splen- rich mountain blue color that can be conceived. did church. How often, when taking my evening At this spot, on the right hand of the ravine, is walk upon the terrace, has the reflection forced itself upon me—“This is a grand experiment, and shown the rock to which the men

of Nazareth are it has failed!" Two things have cost the Latins supposed

to have conducted our Lord, for the pur

With the Testadear in this land—buildings and firmans: the pose of throwing him down. prime cost of the building of this convent must ment in our hands, we endeavored to examine the have been immense ; and, when once settled in probabilities of the spot; and I confess there is their various stations, the friars are still under in my mind. The rock here is perpendicular for

nothing in it which excites a scruple of incredulity the necessity of drawing out from their purses about fifty feet, down which space it would be continually large sums of money, to satisfy the rapacity of the Turks

, and purchase—what, it easy to hurl a person who should be unawares appears, could be had only by purchase-civil brought to the summit ; and his perishing would

be a very certain consequence. That the spot protection. And in what has it ended? Is Jesus might be at a considerable distance from the city, of Nazareth worshipped more extensively in these is an idea not inconsistent with St. Luke's account; countries, than he was before the Roman Catholic for the expression, thrusting Jesus out of the city, missions were sent hither? Has Mohammedanism and leading him to the brow of the hill on which yielded one jot or tittle to their influence ?. In their city was built, gives fair scope for imagining, reading the Lettres Edifinates et Curieuses, nothing that, in their rage and debate, the Nazarenes is more surprising, than to perceive how little might, without originally intending his murder, the Jesuits have to say of their success in this respect: as little have the other orders to say: and, press upon him for a considerable distance after

they had quitted the synagogue. The distance, at the present moment, they scarcely pretend to have any thing to do with the conversion of the as already noticed, from modern Nazareth to this Mussulmans : they regard themselves as sent out fury of persecution, might soon be passed over.

spot is scarcely two miles—a space, which, in the principally to hold together the Romish interest Or should this appear too considerable, it is by no in the east; so that, after so large an expense, it may be asserted, as the author has elsewhere ex- have extended through the principal part of the

means certain but that Nazareth may at that time pressed it, that “the Romish missions have left to plain, which I have described as lying before the us the Mohammedan world, unbroken and entire." modern town: in this case, the distance passed

Sunday, Nov. 9, 1823.-We had divine ser. vice with our servant, and preached in Italian.- to note the expression—the brow of the hill

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over might not exceed a mile. It remains only In the evening, we had brotherly conversation which their city was built: this, according to the

Our subject was the Christian's modern aspect of the spot, would seem to be the first love. (Rev. ii. 4.)

hill north of the town, on the lower slope of which REMARKS ON THE SITE OF NAZARETH, ILLUSTRA- the town is built: but I apprehend the word hill TIVE OF LUKE iv. 29, AND JOHN i. 46.

to have in this, as it has in very many other pas

sages of Scripture, a much larger sense ; denoting The following morning we took our departure sometimes a range of mountains, and in some for Tiberias; but, before quitting the account of instances a whole mountainous district. In all

and prayer.

these cases the singular word “hill,"gebel,” tier in three directions—towards Samaria to the is used, according to the idiom of the language of south; a region notorious for iniquity, and frequent this country. Thus, Gebel Carmyl, or Mount revolts—toward the land of the Philistines on the Carmel, is a range of mountains : Ĝebel Libnan, south-west-and, on the west, toward the marior Mount Lebanon, is a mountainous district of time city, peopled by heathens, Acre. Between more than fifty miles in length ; Gebel ez-Zeitun, these three regions and Nazareth, there is little the Mount of Olives, is certainly, as will be here- more than the broad sweep of the plains of Esafter noted, a considerable tract of mountainous draelon and Acre. These plains lie more or less country. And thus any person, coming from Je- at the feet of the mountains of Nazareth ; alrusalem and entering on the Plain of Esdraelon, though the plain of Acre does not so nearly apwould, if asking the name of that bold line of moun- proach them, as the plain of Esdraelon. tains which bounds the north side of the plain, be In the rear of Nazareth, northward and eastinformed that it was Gebel Nasra, the hill of Na- ward, are the peaceful towns and plains of Galilee. zareth ; though, in English, we should call them Now in addition to the bad character of the Sathe mountains of Nazareth. Now the spot shown maritans, the inhabitants of all the sea coast were as illustrating Luke iv. 29, is, in fact, on the very notoriously flagitious. They were left, as we are brow of this lofty ridge of mountains; in compari- expressly told (Judges üi. 1–6,) to prove the Isson of which, the hill upon which the modern town raelites, and that the generations of the children is built is but a gentle eminence. I can see, of Israel might learn war. An evil neighborhood therefore, no reason for thinking otherwise, than this for Nazareth! The men of Nazareth might, that this may be the real scene where our Divine in such a vicinity, easily be ensnared into heaProphet, Jesus, experienced so great a dishonor thenish affinity. (Judges iii. 6.) Their worst from the men of his own country and of his own characters, fleeing from justice or revenge,

would kindred.

easily find the nearest asylum, at a distance of Another passage relative to this place, namely, from twenty to thirty miles, in Nazareth. In the question of Nathanael (John i. 46.)— Can there every quarrel or war, between Galilee on the one any good thing come out of Nazareth ?--which side, and, on the other side, either Samaria or the seems to have been almost proverbial, is not, to Philistines and the inhabitants of the coast, Nazamy mind, well accounted for by any expositor reth would stand the foremost. In commerce that I have seen. Some have attributed the with the maritime towns, Nazareth would lie conphrase to that scorn, with which Galilee was stantly exposed to the temptations to break the viewed by the Jews; who held that out of Gali- Sabbath, mentioned in Nehemiah xiii. 16. Thus, lee ariseth no prophet : (John vii. 52.) but Nathan- by degrees, might this frontier town become a ael, himself a Galilean, being of Cana, was not nest of the very worst characters, and addicted to likely to have quoted this reproach: nor does the worst sins; and its condition would probably there seem any propriety, even if he admitted and be the more notorious, from the contrast which it quoted the reproach, in the idea of his fixing it would form to the better protected and more peaceupon another contiguous town of his own district. | able inhabitants of the interior of Galilee, Others refer to the base conduct of the men of Nazareth toward our Lord, as sufficiently proving that it must have been a place of very vile character. Still the question remains, Whence should Monday, Nov. 10, 1823.-Set off for Tiberias. Nazareth acquire this bad repute with its neigh- On the way, at about two hours and a half from bors; and that to so high a degree, as to merit Nazareth, we stopped at Khan-es-Sook, or the the severe question of Nathanael? Perhaps there “ Khan of the Fair,” situated not far from the may have been circumstances, to us unknown, in foot of Mount Tabor. Here are two or three its history, the knowledge of which would at once nearly ruined khans.* The place derives its clear up the point.* In the absence of such in- name from the circumstance of a fair being held formation, it has occurred to me as no unlikely here every Monday. We estimated that about a conjecture, that the very position of this town thousand souls were present; and there was mught, in some measure, account for its ill charac- much cattle. A caravan from Damascus arrived, ter. It was a kind of frontier town. It was fron- and passed on. We had aimed at this spot in our

journey, with a view to selling Arabic Scriptures; Whitby, in his Notes on Matthew ii. 23, illus- but could not succeed: the men of Nazareth were trating also John i. 46, quotes from Buxtorff and the principal merchants in the fair, and had alAbazbinel, that "there was among the Jews a cele- ready seen them in Nazareth. brated thief, called Ben Nezer; and, in allusion to At length, about the sultry hour of three o'clock, him, they gave this name to Christ.' So Abazbinel we arrived at the summit of the mountain, which saith; 'The little horn mentioned Daniel vii. 8, is commands a view of Tiberias; and of the lake, Ben Nezer, that is, Jesus of Nazareth.' And this called variously in Scripture, the Sea of Tiberias, title of Nazarean, both the Jews and the enemies of the Sea of Galilee and the Lake of Gennesaret ; Christianity gave always, by way of contempt to known also by the name of Cinneroth. The town our Jesus." This single fact of one notorious thief, of Tiberias iš surrounded with walls and towers, pamed from Nazareth, does not seem sufficient to have, alone, established the bad character of the such as to form a very imposing scene at first

It is observable, however, that it accords with the view taken by the author of the probable + I have been since informed, by a Maltese priest manner in which Nazareth obtained its pre-emi- who has visited this spot, that these ruins were fornence in infamy. This celebrated thief was, no merly castles belonging to the Knights of St. John loubt, one among many of that character. of Jerusalem, at the time when they possessed Acre.

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view. On nearer observation, however, their in- feet from the margin of the lake. On the way significance is apparent: a few cannon would put thither we passed the Jewish burying-ground. them down in an instant; though, to an assault On every side, small ruins of walls, columns, and froin the natives, they would present, probably, a foundations indicate the former extent of Tiberias. very long and effectual resistance. The town The stone of these ruins is very black, so that itself has many parts in a very ruinous and filthy there is nothing about them of the splendor of ancondition. Making allowance for much space tiquity; nothing but an air of mourning and dewhich is vacant, we judged the population might solation: in this circumstance they differ so widely be one thousand souls : but, considering that a from the magnificent antiquities of Egypt and large portion is peopled by Jews, who crowd to- Greece, as to leave the most sombre impression gether in a very little space, possibly the number on the fancy : they are perfectly funereal. Yet, may be greater. We remarked two minarets. even here, imperial splendor was once exhibited As we approached the gate of the city, we were in the reign of Tiberias ; and, three hundred met by two Polish Jews, whose costume and ex- years after, Jewish literature flourished in this tremely filthy garb announced to us that we were spot and some of the most learned Hebrew comentering upon Hebrew scenes.

mentators on sacred Scripture formed a kind of We rode at once, as we had been recommend- university in this city. ed to do, to the house of Seignior Rafaele Piciotto,

The earth all around the baths is bubbling up an aged Jewish gentleman, who formerly held the with streamlets of water, emitting a most poweroffice of Austrian consul at Aleppo; and, being ful sulphureous smell. We placed the thermomesucceeded by his son, has retired hither to pass ter in different spots where the water gushes out ; the remainder of his days peacefully, on ground and found it rise to the various heights of 131, considered by the Jews as holy. We had

132, 138, 139, of Fahrenheit. In the bath, where,

every reason to be grateful to him for his civil attentions from standing some time, it cools, its temperature

We were accommodated with a clean was 110. An humble building is erected over the upper room, and entertained hospitably at his bath, containing mean apartments on one side for table.

men, on the other for women; and many persons

come from far, to be healed of their diseases in Toward evening, we witnessed the scene of his these waters. On our arrival, we found a moving whole household performing prayers.

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assemblage of persons, in number about ten ai a thirty persons came at this hour into the court, time: we immediately had an open window-seat and united in repeating the service; in conducting cleared for our use, where we rested for a few which, Rabbi Samuel, who has married his step- minutes to take some refreshment. Mr. Fisk then daughter, was the chief leader. It was very af- set off with the principal guide, to see the juncfecting, at one part, to view them turning their tion of the lake with the river Jordan. faces toward Jerusalem—bowing, and lifting up their voices in fervent petitions. It reminded us mind was weary, I left the bath, and sauntered

After spending some time in writing till my of Daniel's supplications when in Babylon ; who two or three hundred paces to seek a little shade had his windows open toward Jerusalem, and by the side of a small fragment of ruins. The kneeled upon his knees three times a day and prayed. (Daniel vi. 10.) After sunset the table ed to think it his duty to follow me step by step:

other guide, knowing that I was indisposed, seemwas prepared, and we sat down to a plentiful sup- he then sat down, much more quietly and respectper ; at which it gratified us to see females join, fully than people of this country are often apt to do. ing the circle—a sight banished from Turkish and I must, however, say, that although noise and Christian houses in this country; but not from

rudeness Jewish. These were, the consul's wife and step- there is, occasionally, in their way of treating

are their general characteristics ; yet daughter. The consul himself professes to know

strangers, a considerateness, which almost amounts very little of his countrymen in this place. His

to politeness. son-in-law, however, is more communicative. The Mohammedans in this place are more numerous, spirits at this hour was inexpressibly refreshing.

The composure which came over my feverish he says, than the Jews : but when it comes to the I laid myself down upon the ground ; and resting question of actual numbers, you will rarely find

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Rabbi two men agreeing in their account.

upon a stone near me, drew a little cool

ness from the soil : while the simple train of reSamuel stated the Sephartim, or Spanish Jews, fections, which naturally sprung up from the at seventy or eighty houses-say four hundred

scene around me, added much to my enjoyment. souls ; and the Ashkenasim, or Polish Jews, at a At a great distance to the north, was the mounhundred and fifty housessay seven hundred and tainous horizon, on the summit of which stands fifty souls ; but another said that the Sephartim Safet, glistening with its noble castle: it is not were ninety houses, and the Ashkenasim ninety- improbably supposed that our Saviour had this six. Rabbi Samuel also says that there are no spot in His eye, and directed the attention of His Jews here of the sect of the Perushim, but that disciples to it, when He said " A city, that is set all are Hassidim.

on a hill, cannot be hid;" for it is in full view Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1823.—Having a fever upon from the Mount of the Beatitudes, as well as from me, I was unable to move far to-day; and there. this place; and, indeed, seems to command all the fore limited my excursion to the baths of Tiberi- country round to a great extent. Tracing, at a 'as, while Mr. Fisk rode to the south of the lake, glance, the margin of this simple lake, on the opwhere the river Jordan issues from it. The baths posite or eastern side, the eye rests on the inhosof Tiberias, so much celebrated by many authors, pitable country of the Gadarenes—inhospitable to are just a mile south of the town, and about fifty this day; for my guide, after long silence, per.

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