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August 05, 1977 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-08-05

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56 Friday, August 5, 1977 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Collection of Holy Land Materials Will Be Published

America and the Holy
Land, a collection of 72
books, is being published
this month by the New
York Times' Arno Press.
The series is a joint pro-
gram of Arno, the Ameri-
can Jewish Historical So-
ciety and the Institute of
Contemporary Jewry of the
Hebrew University of Je-
The collection contains
"With Eyes Toward Zion:
Scholars Colloquium on
America-Holy Land Stud-
ies," being published for
the first time, and five
Arno Press anthologies:
"Call to America to Build
Zion," "Christian Pro-
tagonists for Jewish_ Resto-

ration," "Holy Land Mis-
sions and Missionaries,"
"Pioneer Settlements in the
Twenties" and "The Ameri-
can Republic and Ancient
The remainder of the
series includes studies and
travel accounts by Chris-
tian and Jewish arch-
eologists, historians, scien-
tists, biblical scholars,
American consuls, mis-
sionaries and settlers.
According to advisory edi-
tor Moshe Davis:
"The purpose of the pre-
sent collection is to engage
the contemporary reader in
the wonder of the redisco-
very of the Holy Land by
the Western world. Out of

Frank S. De Hass. Reproduced from Buried Cities Recovered.

The Jaffa Gate. Reproduced from The New Palestine.

many hundreds of books
and pamphlets, we have
chosen a sample of the writ-
ings of archeologists, histo-
rians, scientists, biblical
scholars, novelists, Ameri-
can consuls, missionaries,
tourists, and above all, set-
tlers and builders of the
"In the design of this
series emphasis is laid on
the Holy Land in its natural
Middle Eastern setting. The
comparative sections includ-
ed in the selections offer a
panorama of Mediterranean
countries, of Mare Nos-
trum: the southern ports of
France, Italy, Greece, and
Turkey and the NortfTern
cities of Tangier and Cairo,
all part of that historical en-
tity called Near Eastern
Civilization, as viewed by
Americans of diverse back-
grounds and interests.
"In the mid-19th Century,
as scientific study, travel
and settlement rapidly de-
veloped in the Holy Land,
history and geography met
again. In his comprehensive
study, 'Palestine: The Phys-
ical Geography and Natural
History,' published in 1841,
John Kitto defined the Holy
Land as 'a complete coun-
try...the epitome of all phys-
ical features by which dif-
ferent countries are distin-
guished, and which very
few possess in com-
bination,' and also as 'a
country of concentrated his-
"The encounters between
Orient and Occident, antiq-
uity and modernity, tradi-
tional faith and scientific
achievement produced a
large body of literature re-
flecting the personal dimen-
sion of these encoun-
Dr. Davis is Stephen S.
Wise Professor of Ameri-
can History and Institutions
and director of the Institute
of Contemporary Jewry at
Hebrew U. He is also chair-
man of the Study Circle on
World Jewry at the in-
vitation of Israel President
Ephraim Katzir and is re-
search professor of the Jew-
ish Theological Seminary of
America in Israel.
Editorial board for the
series includes Dr. Robert
Handy, academic dean and

professor of church history
at Union Theological Semi-
nary; Dr. Jules Davids, pro-
fessor of American history
and diplomacy at George-
town University; and Dr.
Nathan M. Kaganoff, librar-
ian and editor of the Ameri-
can Jewish Historical So-
"With Eyes Toward.
Zion" is an expanded ver-
sion of papers presented at
a colloquium at the Nation-
al Archives in Washington
in 1975. Its bibliography in-
cludes books and pamphlets
written by American vis-
itors to the Holy Land be-
tween 1850 and 1900.
The volume includes an
introduction by Dr. Davis
and sections on the histori-
cal perspective, the Otto-
man-Muslim era, U.S. gov-
ernment resources and the
Other books that will be
available in the America
and Holy Land series in-
clude "White Fire: The
Life and Works of Jessie
Sampter," "Buried Cities
Recovered: Or, Explor-
ations in Bible Lands," writ-
ten by U.S. Consul Frank S.
DeHaas, and "Journal of a
Jessie Ethel Sampter, po-
et and writer, grew up in a
highly assimilated home.
Her father was one of the
pioneers of the Ethical Cul-
ture Movement.
Partly under the in-
fluence of an elder sister of
the poet Emma Lazarus
and of Henrietta Szold, Jes-
sie Sampter turned to the
ideology of Zionism. She
emigrated to Palestine in
1919, first living in Jerusa-
lem, where she established
evening classes for Yeme-
nite working girls.
Four years later she
moved to Rehovot, contin-
uing to do social work
among the Yemenite Jews
there. She then settled in Ki-
butz Givat Brenner where
she established and devoted
herself to the Rest -Horne,
but continued with her writ-
ing and teaching until her
death in March, 1938.
The title "White Fire" is
taken from one of Miss
Sampter's poems. Her writ-
ings and sketches of kibutz
life had a significant in-
fluence on United States Zi-
onist circles.
She became a familiar
name to the authors and
readers of Jewish Reform
prayer books in America.
and her "Yesha" became a
saga in Eretz Yisrael.
In "Buried Cities Recov-
ered," Frank DeHass re-
corded his impressions dur-
ing the 19th Century as U.S.
consul in Jerusalem. He
sought to establish with ac-.
curacy the scenes recorded
in biblical literature.
The author traveled exten-
sively throughout the Near
East, visiting places which
had never before been seen
by Americans. He suc-
ceeded in recovering and
identifying many sites that
had been considered lost.
DeHass provides the re-
sults of his personal in-
vestigations, as well as
those of other archeologists
in Egypt, Asia Minor, West-
em and Trans-Jordanic Pa-
lestine and Syria. -

Jessie E. Sarripter, 1906. Reproduced from White Fire.




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