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VI. The Ancient Water Supply of Jerusalem
THE object of this little volume is to place within the reach of all readers interested in the subject, in an attractive form, the results of the excavations made on the Temple Hill at Jerusalem during the last twenty years. The skill and cnergy of the Engineers of the Palestine Exploration Fund overcame almost insuperable obstacles, and although all that could be desired has not yet been done, and many points are still doubtful which further excavation might settle, they have fairly earned the gratitude of all Biblical students.
The wonderful evidences that have been brought to light of the architectural skill and building power of Solomon and his successors not only confirm in the strongest manner the Sacred Records, but they help us more vividly to recall the buildings and ceremonials of the remote past.
The visitor to Jerusalem can now, if so disposed, see the very stones placed in position by the masons of Solomon. He can explore the surprising system by which water was brought to the Temple Hill and stored there. He can "walk about Zion and go round about her,” and can appreciate yet more fully than past generations that her "foundation is in the holy mountains.” · Across the intervening centuries he seems to touch the men of Solomon's time when he looks upon the very foundation stone which they laid amid the rejoicings of a nation.
And those who cannot go to look upon these things with the bodily eye can at any rate gain fairly clear and accurate ideas about them from accounts like those contained in this little book.
The author is indebted to the courtesy of the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund for permission to use almost all the plans and illustrations contained in the work.