Qataban and Sheba: Exploring the Ancient Kingdoms on the Biblical Spice Routes of Arabia

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MOUNT SINAI

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For more than fifty years Father Pachomius has lived and worked in the Monastery of St. Catherine at the foot of Biblical Mount Sinai. So isolated is this ancient sanctuary that the good Father was considerably surprised, a few years ago, when one of the rare visitors told him about World War II--but not nearly so surprised as the visitor, who presently discovered that the monk had never heard about World War I.

At this monastery, we had been conducting a pioneering microfilm project in association with the Library of Congress and Alexandria University, with a staff of eighteen scholars and scientists from America, Europe, and the Near East. The story of this expedition is a book in itself. In time, hundreds of books will no doubt be written and published as a result of the work done there, for the expedition made available the largest and most important body of research material ever revealed in a single operation. Three thousand four hundred ancient manuscripts, written in eleven languages, were organized, studied, catalogued, and microfilmed. The treasures from this scholarly gold mine will for years to come shed light on the early history of three religions and the peoples of the Middle East, for few spots in the world are of such importance to Christians, Jews, and Moslems alike. The monastery was started, according to tradition, in A.D. 337 by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. It was built over the legendary site of the burning bush from which God spoke to

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Author's Preface vii
  • Field Staff - American Foundation Arabian Expeditions xi
  • Contents xiii
  • 1 - Turn Backward, Turn Backward 3
  • 2 - Search for a Site 8
  • 3 - The Essence of Mukalla 16
  • 4 - Through the Hadhramaut 23
  • 5 - The Dig 40
  • 6 - Mountains and Clouds Of Sand 53
  • 7 - "Weakness of the Bones" 65
  • 8 - Bal Harith Tribesmen 76
  • 9 - The Lions of Timna 89
  • 10 - The Queen of Sheba 103
  • 11 - Miriam and the Gold Necklace 109
  • 12 - Professor Albright 120
  • 13 - Salaams to the President 125
  • 14 - Mount Sinai 133
  • 15 - Eileen 146
  • 16 - The Scaifes 154
  • 17 - Cities of the Dead 163
  • 18- Lady Bar'At 171
  • 19- Back to 1000 B.C. 180
  • 20 - Temple of Venus 186
  • 21 - Into Forbidden Yemen 194
  • 22 - Audience with the Imam 203
  • 23 - Across Unexplored Land 210
  • 24 - The Queen's City 218
  • 25 - Farewell to Beihan 231
  • 26 - Qataban Revealed 243
  • 27 - Troubles in Marib 248
  • 28 - Confusion Compounded 262
  • 29- Danger at Sheba 273
  • 30 - Escape! 301
  • 31 - Charges And Countercharges 321
  • 32 - Unknown Oman 329
  • Afterword Birth Pains of An Expedition 341
  • Substantial Contributors - American Foundation for the Study of Man 351
  • Index 355
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