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Book of the Month

Jerusalem, Bethany and Bethlehem 


Jerusalem, Bethany and Bethlehem is a fascinating book that describes the tours made by Irish explorer J.L. Porter to cities, historic sites, and ruins in historic Palestine focusingon Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Bethany. The author “resided in Palestine for a number of years” and published the book in 1887. (Preface,1887)

The text is accompanied by over 150 black and white engravings. It aimed to “perchance direct the attention of readers of all classes to scenes of absorbing sacred interest”. (Preface, 1887)

This rare book was digitized as part of Bethlehem University Library’s digitization project and is now uploaded to BUL’s homepage. It can be found on the following link:


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