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By general consent the valley of Shechem holds the distinction of being one of the most beautiful in the country. 'Its western side,' says Stanley, 'is bounded by the abutments of two mountain ranges, running from west to east. These ranges are Gerizim and Ebal; and up the opening between them, not seen from the plain, lies the modern town of Nablous [Neapolis = Shechem].... A valley green with grass, grey with olives, gardens sloping down on each side, fresh springs running down in all directions; at the end a white town embosomed in all this verdure, lodged between the two high mountains which extend on each side of the valley that on the south Gerizim, that on the north Ebal; this is the aspect of Nablous, the most beautiful, perhaps it might be said the only very beautiful, spot in Central Palestine.'
References. VIII. 1. Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxiii. No. 1358. VIII. 30-34. K. Moody-Stuart, Light from the Holy Hills, p. 75.
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