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The Desert of Sinai


Robert Carter & Brothers 1857

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Beginning in France, traveling though Egypt, and ending in Beersheba, Bonar’s travelogue was mostly written in the form of journal notes while traveling on a camel. A fascinating window into the Bible lands of the 19th century.

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Key Features

  • Provides notes on Bonar’s journey from Cairo to Beersheba
  • Includes several original illustrations

Praise for the Print Edition

Dr. Bonar, the author of some of the best hymns ever produced in Scotland, and in other respects favorably known as a writer of religious books, is a very pleasant traveler, especially in the regions of Bible geography. He has a lively sense of natural beauty, and is always on the alert to catch every possible illustration of the events, the doctrines, or the phraseology of the Bible.

New Englander

It is vivacious, entertaining, and instructive throughout, and is especially interesting beyond other volumes we have lately seen, in the views he presents of the passage of the Red Sea, the origin of the inscriptions on the rocks in the vicinity of Sinai, and the delineation of the country living directly between Sinai and Beersheba.

The Theological and Literary Journal

Product Details

  • Title: The Desert of Sinai
  • Author: Horatius Bonar
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1857
  • Pages: 408

About Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a family with a long history of ministry in the Church of Scotland. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1838 (where he studied under Dr. Thomas Chalmers), Bonar was ordained and became pastor of the North Parish, Kelso, where he remained for 28 years. He joined the Free Church of Scotland after “the Great Disruption” of 1843, and in 1853 he earned a doctor of divinity degree from the University of Aberdeen. In 1867, he took over ministry duties at Chalmers Memorial Church in Edinburgh, and in 1883 he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. A prolific author, he wrote and edited numerous books, biographies, articles, poems, tracts, and over 600 hymns. Horatius Bonar died on May 31, 1889.