Explorations in Bible Lands during the 19th Century

Explorations in Bible Lands during the 19th Century

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Explorations in Bible Lands during the 19th Century

Explorations in Bible Lands during the 19th Century

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Nearly ten years ago Messrs. A. J. Holman & Co. approached me with a request to prepare, for the close of the century, a brief historical sketch on the explorations in Bible lands, which would convey to the intelligent English-reading public a clear conception of the gradual resurrection of the principal ancient nations of Western Asia and Egypt. After much hesitation, I consented to become responsible for the execution of' their comprehensive plan, provided that I be allowed to solicit the coöperation of other specialists for the treatment of those subjects which did not lie directly within the sphere of my own investigations, as most of the books dealing with this fascinating theme suffer from the one serious defect that their authors are not competent authorities in every part of that vast field which they attempt to plough and cultivate for the benefit and instruction of others. Several well-known German specialists, whose names appear on the title-page, were therefore accordingly invited to join the editor in the preparation of the volume, and to present to the reader sketches of their respective branches of science, with the historical development of which they have been prominently connected during previous years. At the close of 1900 the entire MS. was ready to be printed, when the results of a series of excavations carried on by the Babylonian Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania began to attract more than ordinary attention on both sides of the Atlantic. In view of the growing demand for a popular and authentic report of these important archæological researches, the publishers . . .

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