The Development of Palestine Exploration: Being the Ely Lectures for 1903


This volume presents the Lectures, delivered before the Union Theological Seminary in 1903 on the Ely Foundation, with considerable amplification and one modification. Lecture VII of the given course was entitled Calvary and the Tomb of Christ. For two reasons this title disappears, though part of the substance of the Lecture has been incorporated, for illustrative purposes, in Lecture V and elsewhere in the volume. On preparing the material for publication the lecturer realized that in a sketch, treating in a broad way of the development of Palestine Exploration, the elaboration of one particular feature, while others of equal importance were treated only generally, would disturb the symmetry of the whole. In the second place, a far more exhaustive treatment of this subject, begun indeed before the lecture was delivered, has been recently completed by Sir Charles Wilson. As neither Sir Charles nor the lecturer had any personal views to promulgate, the latter is more than content, for the present, at least, to leave the presentation of facts in such capable hands. Until new discoveries furnish fresh data, there is nothing to add to Sir Charles's unbiassed and scholarly work.

I accepted the offer made me by the Directors of the Union Theological Seminary to lecture on the subject of Exploration with a grateful feeling that it . . .

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