Description of the Country. — Kir-Haraseth; meaning of the Term. — Nagb Jerrah. — Camp of the Beni Hamídeh. — Baal Peor. — Search for "Moabite Stones." — "Lot's Wife." — Site of the Cities of the Plain. — Shíhán. — El Yehúdíyeh. — Solomon's Tomb. — A Council of War. — Arab Hospitality. — Journey through Moab. — Wády Mojib, the Arnon. — Dibon. — The Moabite Stone; its History and Contents. — Umm Rasás. — Ruined Tower. — Arab Legend. — Wády Wáleh. — Ancient Sites. — Mount Nebo. — Antiquarian Prospects in Moab. — The Ford of the Jordan. — The Promised Land at last.
LEAVING the Ghor, which toward this point is very swampy, we passed a ruined fort, called Tell 'Abd er Rahím, and, crossing the Seil Hadítheh, a broad stream of water that might almost be called a river, began the ascent of the Nagb Jerrah into the hills of Moab.
Moab is a country about fifty miles long by twenty broad, and includes the table-land on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea, as well as that part of the Ghor which lies on the eastern bank of the Jordan, opposite Jericho. The plains are well watered and very productive, resembling in character the southern Ghor, which I have already described. The uplands consist of a rolling plateau about 3200 feet above the sea-level, the western edge being cut up into deep valleys, and descending by a series of sloping hills, at angles of forty-five and fifty degrees, into the Dead Sea. These uplands are naturally divided into two districts by the great chasm of Wády Mojib, the Arnon of Scripture; of these the northern portion is called by the modern Arabs El Belga,* and extends as far north as the mountain of Gilead; while the southern part is known as El Kerek, and reaches southward to the wády of that name.____________________