National Geographic : 1920 Jan
Drawn by A. H. Bumstead A MAP OF ASIA MINOR AND THE HOLY LAND Showing the home cities of the Seven Wise Men of ancient Greece (see the succeeding article) and the land of the Samaritans. (Note, in the small inset map, the relative location of Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal and the historic cities, ancient and modern, which have clung to their slopes-see text, pages 1-21). ties, pouring it over his hands from ewers, so that it also flows into the ditch altar, lest even this infinitesimal quan tity of the sacrifice should fail to be destroyed by fire. "And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth until the morn ing, ye shall burn with fire" (Ex. 12 : lo). Thus the sacrifice and ceremony com memorating the Exodus are ended. Each celebrant now goes to his tent for a few hours' sleep. Early the next morning the congregation again gathers for prayers, the day being observed as a Sabbath; the first day of the feast of un leavened bread. As the onlooker retires to his tent or descends the path to Nablus in the hush of early morning, the scene, brightly lit by the moon, is one not to be forgotten. From beyond the camp a great white cloud of smoke curls skyward. Now and then a red flame licks the sky or a white, ghost-like figure adds some fuel. It is a picture which cannot be repro duced with the camera; only to the mind's eye can it be painted. The wood-cuts and steel-engravings found in our old family Bibles, where the Israelitish camps are shown with the pillar of cloud and fire, come nearest the present reality, but are lacking in color and atmosphere. As we turn for one last glance at the moon-lit camp and the redder glow of the flame with the pillar of smoke, we cannot but realize that here we have seen the eating and burning of the last Hebrew blood sacrifice, and there comes the thought that it may never be seen again, for the Samaritans are a dying people.