Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . period of our visit,perfectly dry. This confined space is nearlycovered witli the grave-stones of Jews, with in-scriptions in Hebrew characters ; as it is esteem-ed among them one of the greatest blessings toend their days at Jerusalem, and to obtain aburial in the valley of Jehoshaphat. For thispurpose, the more dev^out among them comefrom distant parts of the world, and it is certainthat immense prices are paid by them for thepri

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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . period of our visit,perfectly dry. This confined space is nearlycovered witli the grave-stones of Jews, with in-scriptions in Hebrew characters ; as it is esteem-ed among them one of the greatest blessings toend their days at Jerusalem, and to obtain aburial in the valley of Jehoshaphat. For thispurpose, the more dev^out among them comefrom distant parts of the world, and it is certainthat immense prices are paid by them for thepri Stock Photo
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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . period of our visit,perfectly dry. This confined space is nearlycovered witli the grave-stones of Jews, with in-scriptions in Hebrew characters ; as it is esteem-ed among them one of the greatest blessings toend their days at Jerusalem, and to obtain aburial in the valley of Jehoshaphat. For thispurpose, the more dev^out among them comefrom distant parts of the world, and it is certainthat immense prices are paid by them for thepri
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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . period of our visit,perfectly dry. This confined space is nearlycovered witli the grave-stones of Jews, with in-scriptions in Hebrew characters ; as it is esteem-ed among them one of the greatest blessings toend their days at Jerusalem, and to obtain aburial in the valley of Jehoshaphat. For thispurpose, the more dev^out among them comefrom distant parts of the world, and it is certainthat immense prices are paid by them for theprivilege of depositing their bones in this vene-rated spot.* Independently of the celebrity of this valleyas the scene of other important and interestingevents, the prophet Joel had chosen it for theplace of a pleading between God and the.enemiesof tlie Jews. For behold, in those days, andin that time, when I shall bring again the cap-tivity of Judaii and Jerusalem, I will also gather * See the general aspect of this Vale of Death, with itsancient and modern sepulchres, in the vignette on the oppo-site page. rnrEi-Lv withoct tiii: walls of jkrusalk.m. 1>9.3. r 4 296 VISIT TO THE HOLY PLACES, all nations, and will bring them down into thevalley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with themthere for my people and for my heritage Israel,whom they have scattered among the nations,and parted my land.* Those spiritualisingJews, Christians, and Mohammedans, whowrest this passage, like a thousand others of theScriptures, from a literal to a mystical sense,insist on its applying to the resurrection of thedead on the last great day. From this belief,the modern Jews, whose fathers are thought bysome of the most learned to have had no idea ofa resurrection or a future state, have their bonesdeposited in the valley of Jehoshaphat. Fromthe same hope, the Mohammedans have left astone jutting out of the eastern wall of Jerusa-lem, for the accommodation of their prophet,who, they insist, is to sit