A magnificent portrait of the Christian life of the Middle East, a result of Morton's pilgrimage from the Euphrates to the Nile, and into Sinai
While travelling in the Holy Land, H. V. Morton had the urge to make a Christian pilgrimage through the lands of the Bible. The result is this powerful, passionate, unique travelogue. Morton indulges all the senses as he depicts the sunset on the broad Euphrates, the pungent smell of Spring in the Sinai mountains and the hustle-bustle of an Egyptian market place.
His journey takes him through Sinai, where he stays at the monastery of St. Catherine, the oldest inhabited monastery in the world; to the Oasis of Siwa, famous for its association with Alexander the Great. Morton's description of the Coptic monasteries of the Wadi Natrun, in Egypt, are testament to the fact that communities of native Christians living in Moslem lands continue to stay true to their faith even after centuries of persecution.
Through Lands of the Bible is part of Morton's famous trilogy on the Holy Lands, which includes In the Steps of the Master and In the Steps of St Paul.
A Fleet Street reporter, H. V. Morton (1892-1979) fought in the First World War and was present at the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb. One of the century's most popular travel writers, he published travelogues from Spain, Italy and the Middle East as well as the famous series on the British Isles. After the Second World War Morton moved to a farm in South Africa, where he died in 1979.
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