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REV. ROBERT BELL, D.D.,
THIS LITTLE WORK
IS AFFECTIONATELY AND GRATEFULLY
BY HIS OLD PUPIL,
Sinai and HOREB are names too well-known to all who read their Bibles, not to excite the most vivid curiosity respecting the localities which were chosen for the visible manifestations of Jehovah's Omnipotence. The reader will find that the description of these sublime mountains is an instructive commentary on the narrative of the inspired legislator of the chosen people. Indeed, every new visit to the East, all the fresh discoveries of its monuments, tend more and more to illustrate the incidents, and to confirm the veracity of the Old Testament.
The two volumes which are here condensed into one, were recommended to the notice of the translator by one of the most enlightened travellers that ever visited the East, as the most graphic description of oriental habits, and the best calculated to give "stay-at-home travellers" a correct notion of the manners and usages of the people who now inhabit the interesting regions visited by the author.
A further recommendation was the attention with which M. Dumas had examined those localities in the peninsula of Sinai, which were the scenes of the most awful events recorded in Holy Writ. But mixed with abundant excellence, the translator found much that was merely calculated to gratify French vanity, and something that was objectionable to English taste. He has therefore omitted the historical disquisitions respecting Buonaparte's expedition to Egypt, the assassination of Kleber, and the crusade of St. Louis, which were contributed by M. Dauzats, and served to swell the work work unnecessarily.
W. C. T.
LONDON, May 15, 1839.