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THE

LANDS OF THE BIBLE.

EDINBURGII :

PRINTED BY T. CONSTABLE, PRINTER TO HER MAJESTY.

THE

LANDS OF THE BIBLE

VISITED AND DESCRIBED

90462

IN AN

EXTENSIVE JOURNEY UNDERTAKEN WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE
TO THE PROMOTION OF BIBLICAL RESEARCH AND
THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE CAUSE

OF PHILANTHROPY.

BY JOHN WILSON, D.D., F. R.S.,

HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THB BOMBAY BRANCH OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY,
MEMBER OF THB EDITORIAL COMMITTEE OF THE ASIATIC SECTION OF THE
ROYAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN ANTIQUARIES AT COPENHAGEN,

MISSIONARY OF THE FREE CHCRCH OF SCOTLAND, ETC.

With Maps and Illustrations.

VOL. I.

EDINBURGH :

WILLIAM WHYTE AND CO.,

BOOKSELLERS TO THE QUEEN-DOWAGER.
LONDON: LONGMAN AND CO. DUBLIN: W. CURRY AND CO.

M.DCCO.XLVII.

TO THE

REV. THOMAS CHALMERS, D.D., LL.D.,

CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE OF FRANCE,
PRINCIPAL OF THE NEW COLLEGE, EDINBURGH, ETC. ETC. ETC.

REVEREND AND DEAR SIR,

No individual has expressed to me a warmer interest in the preparation of this Work than yourself. It is not on this account, however, that I take the liberty of venturing to associate with it,—even in a respectful inscription, your distinguished name. The veneration and love which, as an evangelical missionary, I unfeignedly cherish for your exalted character, surpassing talents and acquirements, lofty and consecrated eloquence, and disinterested and effective philanthropy, call forth the tribute which I now offer. Standing and striving, as some of us have done, for many years, on the great battle-field in the East, where our Holy Faith is called to wage a determined warfare with the great systems of erroneous religion and philosophy, which have been so long dominant in the fairest and richest provinces of the Globe, we have often, for our encouragement and assurance, looked across intervening oceans and continents to catch a glimpse at the living forms associated with the maintenance

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