In the Steps of the Master

Start by marking “In The Steps Of The Master” as Want to Read: Henry Canova Vollam (H. V.) Morton, FRSL, was a journalist and pioneering travel writer from Lancashire, England, best known for his prolific and popular books on Britain and the Holy Land. Trivia About In The Steps.
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Then the crowd parted and the man who sweeps out the shrine of El Kedir came up with the Saluki. I could hardly believe my eyes. Her hind legs trembled woefully and her tail, bare and mangy, was still well down. But her eyes had lost the fear of death, although they were still full of pain. The Arab had made her a little coat from a pair of khaki trousers and he had bound up the wounds on her forelegs with pieces of rag.

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The Armenian explained that he had bathed her wounds with wine and oil the remedy which the Good Samaritan used on the wounded traveller. The dog seemed to know in some way that I was the cause of her present well-being and she did something which completely finished me. She walked up to me and just rested her bruised muzzle on my knee. I decided at that moment that, grotesque and blown out with starvation as she was, wounded, mangy and sore, I would somehow take her home with me to England.

I thought how extraordinary it is that a show of interest and a little money can make so much difference to any living thing. The poor creature that a week ago had been stoned and kicked about was now a feature of the village. She was the protege of the rich, mad, Englishman. I told him of my intention of taking the dog to Jerusalem. He shook his head. The Palestine Customs would not allow her to enter in her present condition.

But if I got an order from the Government? Yes, it might be done. So we agreed that they should continue the feeding and the bathing of the dog, and I handed out some more baksheesh. Morton, I am verry glade I get a great satisfaction by this relation which commenced with a dog. You can be able for its hospitality.

I brought a big jar of sea water from Sidon by which I wash it evry day, morning and evening. Now it is better than bifore. I hope that we will not forget ourselves, and I am allways redy to execute your commissions. Excuse me for my mistakes, be cause the last war of Turkey in wich resulted after two years with all Christchen immegration has destroyed our futur and high life.

God be with you till we meet. It was from the excellent Customs Officer at Banias. Morton sentimentalizes that through the Bedouin "Abraham lives on into the modern world", and he writes that "the Bib H. In particular, the trauma of the First World War is still fresh in Morton's writing. An early passage describes the new Scottish church in Jerusalem, prompting the author to recall the Scots "who died in the waterless deserts, in the battlefields of Gaza, among the mountains of Judea, in the stifling plains of Jericho and the Jordan Valley".

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Later, he describes the Jerusalem War Cemetery on Mount Scopus, where "there are 2, soldiers and airmen of the United Kingdom lying there, and soldiers from Australia and 34 from New Zealand", along with the grave of Charlotte Berrie, an Australian nurse. The Great War also features in his historical imaginings: Outside the Holy Sepulchre he sees the grave of Philip d'Aubigny, "one of the nobiles homines mentioned in the Magna Charta as a member of the council whose advice was taken by King John"; at the Church of the Nativity, he looks up and wonders if there is "anything left of the English oaks with which Edward IV reconstructed the roof"; and at the Hill of Djoun, he sees the grave of Hester Stanhope, William Pitt's eccentric niece, still remembered locally as "el Sitt" "the Lady": Perhaps inevitably, the High Commissioner for Palestine not named, although it would have been Arthur Grenfell Wauchope at this time is "the successor of Pilate".

Britain is also used to make general comparisons, even sometimes at the risk of incongruity: Morton has a particularly keen eye for the region's Christian diversity. He links the Christian Arabs with the Crusader legacy, noting that "their faces are Flemish and French, and, perhaps, English", but he also recounts hearing about a Christian nomad family near Madeba called the Azizat, who are honoured among Muslims for warning them about a planned massacre by the Crusaders. Visiting the Holy Sepulchre, he writes touchingly of a Bulgarian peasant pilgrim: He is also politely dismissive of Gordon's Calvary today better known as the Garden Tomb , a space where first-century Palestine is particularly imagined through the lens of England.

Morton also writes sympathetically about the Jewish and Muslim presence, although the indulgent condescension he inflicts on the Abyssinian Christians is apparent again when it comes to the Druze: It has often been stated that the Druse religion is a queer relic of the grossest form of paganism mixed with Christianity and further confused by misunderstood Greek philosophy… I once talked to an ex-member of the French Foreign Legion who swore that he had seen representations of the Golden Calf in a Druse mosque.

The central fact of their faith, however, is the belief that the lunatic El-Hakem bi-amr-Illah, Fatimate Caliph of Egypt, was an incarnation of the Deity. The concept of "in the steps of the Master" is taken rather loosely, given that Morton travels as far out of the way as Petra — he confesses that he "surrendered to the temptation". The site "defeated the efforts of Robinson and Laborde. Irby and Mangles had to be content with a long-distance view through their telescopes, and even Dean Stanley, travelling with an escort as recently as , approached the dead city among the rocks with the knowledge that he might be stopped by armed Bedouin and forced to turn back.

At Petra, Morton indulges in a bit of Orientalism as he contemplates local Arabs performing a strange and ecstatic dance involving knives amid the ruins: One has the feeling in Palestine that the civilisation that crashed into ruin was very like our own. One has more in common with the fallen pillars of Jerash than with the finest Moslem mosque. Our world, imperfect as it is, is still a Christian world and has its roots in Christianity.

Everything that is against Christianity, no matter how trivial it may appear, is a spy from the forces of savagery which have always waited ready with drawn knives to dance among the ruins.

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Morton's story also includes some specific personalities of the day: Arif had had "an extraordinary series of adventures" in China after being captured by the Russians during the war, and he had formerly been in conflict with the British. Cases heard by the court included "raids on animals, blood feuds or murder, breaches of desert etiquette and disputes over land, money, and so forth".

Arif defended the practice of an ordeal by fire, in which a suspect is made to lick white-hot metal: Also at Beersheba, Morton visits Flinders Petrie's camp; he is shown three ruined palaces and "Celtic ear-rings of Irish gold exactly like the prehistoric gold ornaments in the Dublin Museum".

The final chapter returns to Jerusalem, where Morton experiences Passover with a Jewish family, observes the Muslim Nebi Musa pilgrimage noting how the revellers pronounced curses against the Zionists , and describes some Eastern Christian Easter ceremonies. Attending the Abyssinian "Searching for the Body of Christ" ceremony, Morton notes the use of the sistra, as found in Egyptian tombs. Morton notes a song sung by the crowd: At the end of the last chapter, he turns to the Passion and Resurrection, and here the reverence tips into devotionalism and even propaganda, explicitly drawing on Frank Morison's apologia Who Moved the Stone?

However, this particular prejudice is not apparent in the book's various references to Orthodox Jews and Zionists, although his portrait of Jewish religion in the first century follows familiar stereotypes. He writes that "by going into Galilee Jesus performed a symbolic act. He turned his back on the world of the Old Testament, and from the moment of that turning away the New Testament begins".

This is an idiosyncratic expression of a perspective that has dated badly, both historically and theologically.

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In any case, Morton's introduction for a later edition discusses Chaim Weizmann with appreciation. Morton met him in his cell in Terra Sancta Delegation near the Lateran just before his death. This book was sent to me by a pen-pal friend who was living overseas as a DOD teacher. This book chronicles the author's tour through the holy lands of Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon in the early s before Israel became a state.

The author's writings, photographs, lucid descriptions, and historic, biblical parallels of the areas and towns where Jesus walked and lived are fascinating and compelling. I couldn't put this book down. I'm seriously considering having this classic book rebound in lea This book was sent to me by a pen-pal friend who was living overseas as a DOD teacher. I'm seriously considering having this classic book rebound in leather. Thank you, Annie, for the wonderful gift!

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May 25, Monica rated it it was amazing. I was given this book years ago, and for some unexplainable reason, haven't read it until now. It is a truly lovely, inspiring book.