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and orchards of oak trees, with also, occasionally, the butm, like the glades of a forest, presenting a beautiful appearance and fine shade. We were an hour in reaching the top, and encamped for the day and night on the south-western brow, overlooking the wide extent of plains below
“ The proper summit of the mountain consists of a beautiful little oblong plain or basin ...
... skirted on the south-west by a ledge of rocks of some height, covered with foundations and ruins ; and on the northeast by lower rocks ; and this higher ground, on both sides, is thickly overgrown with bushes and small trees,
while the basin itself lies in grass, without trees or ruins. We pitched our tent at the south-east extremity of this little plain, and were delighted with our temporary
abode. We estimated the height of Tabor , .
at (about) one thousand feet above the plain . Immediately after our arrival, I took a walk round the whole brow of the mountain, in order to examine the ruins, mark the main features of the surrounding country, and enjoy the glorious prospect . .. The ruins upon the summit of Tabor belong to different ages. All around the top may be traced the foundations of a thick wall, built of large stones . . . In several parts are the remains of towers... But the chief remains are upon the ledge of rocks on the south of the little basin ... Here are high heaps of ruins, mingled in indiscriminate confusion ; consisting of walls, and arches, and foundations, apparently of dwelling-houses, as well as other buildings the walls and traces of a fortress are seen here (of the time of the Crusades,-in which time also, and earlier, there were churches on Mount Tabor).”
“ The view from Tabor is very extensive and beautiful . . . (over) one of the finest landscapes in Palestine.”
The sun rose gloriously upon us, as we sat at the door of our tent, upon the summit of Tabor. A very heavy dew had fallen during the night ; so that the tent was wet as with rain. After the sun had been up about half an hour, a fog came on, and veiled everything below from our view. It cleared away, and we had (a) glorious prospect .. The summit of Tabor is subject to such morning fogs, which hang around it like a fleecycrown.”—Robinson's Researches, vol. iii. pp. 180, 181, 211-220, 235.
“ We left (writes a recent traveller) the beautiful country of Samaria, and entered the little town of Jennin, or Janeen, standing on the borders of Galilee, at the commencement of the great plain of Jezreel. Early in the morning, leaving this village, we entered almost immediately the plain. I was on my way to Nazareth, but I turned off the direct road, to Mount
Tabor. We passed two miserable villages, looking at a distance like little mounds upon the surface of the great plain, and turning to the right, around the mountains of Samaria, saw afar off the lofty summit of Hermon. On the right, towards the Sea of Galilee, was the village of Beisan, the Bethshan of the Bible, where the Philistines fastened the body of Saul, and those of his three sons, to the wall, after they had fallen in Mount Gilboa. Before us, and the most striking and imposing object on the whole of the great plain of Esdraelon, was Mount Tabor. It stands perfectly isolated, rising alone from the plain in a rounded tapering form, like a truncated cone, to the height of three thousand feet, covered with trees, grass, and wild flowers from the base to the summit, and presenting the combination, so rarely found, of the bold and the beautiful. At twelve o'clock we were at the miserable village of Deborah, at the foot of the mountain, supposed to be the place where Deborah the prophetess, and Barak and ten thousand men after him, descended
We moved around the sides of the mountain until we found a regular path, and ascended nearly to the top without dismounting. The path wound along the mountain, and gave us a view from all its different sides,-every step presenting something new, and more and more beautiful, until all was completely forgotten and lost in the exceeding loveliness of the view from the summit. Stripped of every association, and considered merely as an elevation, commanding a view of unknown valleys and mountains, I never saw a mountain, which, for beauty of scene, better repaid the toil of ascending it ; and I need not say what an interest was given to every feature, when we saw in the valley beneath, the large plain of Jezreel,the great battle-ground of nations; on the south, the supposed range of Hermon, with whose dews the Psalmist compares the pleasantness of brethren dwelling together in unity ; beyond, the ruined village of
Endor, where dwelt the witch who raised up the prophet Samuel ; and near it the city of Nain, where our Saviour raised from the dead the widow's son. On the east, the mountains of Gilboa, where Saul and his three sons and the men of Israel fell down slain; beyond, the Sea of Galilee, or Lake of Gennesareth, the theatre of our Saviour's miracles, where, in the fourth watch of the night, he appeared to his disciples walking on the face of the waters ; and to the north, on a lofty eminence, high above the top of Tabor, the city of Saphat, (supposed to be the ancient Bethulia,) alluded to in the words, 'A city that is set on an hill, cannot be hid.'”—Incidents of Travel, ii. 316—319.
“ AND ... the angel Gabriel was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth."- Luke i. 26, 27, &c. (ii. 4, 39.)
“ And he (Joseph) came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, (concerning Jesus,) He shall be called a Nazarene.”—Matthew ii. 23.
“ And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them.”—Luke ii. 51.
“ And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath-day, and stood up for to read . . . and all they in the synagogue filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.”—Luke iv. 16, 28, 29.
56 Philip findeth Nathaniel, and saith unto him, We have found him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathaniel said unto him, Can there any
good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.”—John i. 45, 46.
“ And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, Jesus of Nazareth the king of the Jews.”—John xix. 19.
[See also Matt. iv. 13, xxi. 11, xxvi. 71 ; Mark i. 9, 24, x. 47, xiv. 67, xvi. 6; Luke xviii. 37, xxiv. 19; John xviii. 5; Acts ii. 22, iii, 6, iv. 10, vi. 14, x. 38, xxii. 8, xxiv. 5, xxvi. 9.]
“ The sun was now fast declining; and .. hastened on; and at length, when it was nearly dark, having entered the streets of Nazareth, proceeded to the Latin Convent ...
“ There are many passages in the history of our Divine Redeemer which glance with such simplicity and pathos on the circumstances of his condescending and endearing intercourse with those whom he came to