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Travels in Palestine, Through the Countries of Bashan and Gilead, East of the River Jordan

Cornish-born writer, traveller and controversialist James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855) spent much of his early life as a sailor in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and went on to publish accounts of his extensive travels to India, Palestine and Persia. His criticisms of the East India Company and the Bengal government led to his expulsion from India in 1823. In the 1830s he became a Member of Parliament and campaigned for social reforms and for the promotion of the temperance movement. He founded several journals, including the periodical The Athenaeum, covering a wide range of topics from literature to popular science. In this work, first published in 1821, Buckingham describes his journey from Egypt by sea to Syria and then to Palestine. He ascended Mount Tabor and visited the Holy Sepulchre, but considered his experiences in Bashan and Gilead, east of the Jordan, to form the climax of his journey.
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Preface; 1. Voyage from Egypt to Syria; 2. Stay at Soor, the ancient Tyrus; 3. Journey from Soor to Acre; 4. Description of the town of Acre; 5. Journey from Acre to Nazareth; 6. Ascent of Mount Tabor; 7. Mount Carmel, Dora, and Caesarea; 8. By Joppa and Ramlah to Jerusalem; 9. Visit to Ramlah, and enquiries into its history; 10. Journey from Ramlah, through the mountains, to Jerusalem; 11. Visit to the Holy Places, chiefly without the walls of Jerusalem; 12. Excursion to Bethlehem, and the Cave of the Nativity; 13. Visit to the Cisterns of Solomon; 14. Examination of the interior of Jerusalem; 15. Visit to Calvary, and the Tomb of Christ; 16. Retrospective view of Jerusalem; 17. From Jerusalem to Jericho; 18. Passage of the Jordan; 19. Journey through the mountains of Gilead; 20. From the Arab camp to Jerash; 21. Ruins of the ancient Geraza; 22. From Soof to Oom Kais; 23. Ruins of the ancient Gamala; 24. From Oom Kais, across the Hieromax and Jordan, to Nazareth; 25. From Nazareth to Tiberias; 26. Journey along the Lake of Tiberias; 27. Description of the town of Tiberias; 28. By the Plain of Esdraelon to Jeneen and Sanhoor; 29. Shechem, or Neapolis, Mount Ebal, and Gerizim, and the Wells of Samaria; 30. Return from Nablous to Nazareth.

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