The Land and the Book portrays the scenes and scenery of the Bible and the living manners and customs of the East for the purpose of better illuminating the texts of Scripture. Written during the author's almost forty-year mission to Syria and Palestine, much of the content of this book was captured while on the site it sought to describe, whether that be under an olive tree, on the Sea of Galilee, in a shepherd's tent, or in a temple of a god. The Land and the Book is designed to be read with an open Bible next to it. With both in hand, the reader will be taken to the many lands of the Bible - Sidon, Tyre, Acre, Tiberias, Nazareth, Caesarea, Ashdod, Hebron, and, of course, Jerusalem. In addition to the text, the book features a multitude of illustrations and maps for the reader's benefit.
About the Author
Reverend William McClure Thomson (1806-1894) received his education at Miami University, Ohio and Princeton Theological Seminary. He worked as a missionary to Syria and Palestine from 1833-1849, then again from 1850-1857, and finally from 1859-1876. During his missionary service, Dr. Thomson spent considerable time trekking across the terrain, learning manners and customs of Eastern people, and connecting his discoveries with his knowledge of the Word of God. Dr. Thomson also wrote Tile Land of Promise: Travels in Modern Palestine, Illustrative of Biblical History, Manners, and Customs, and contributed articles to Bibliotheca Sacra and the American Biblical Repository.