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The Moabite Question

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IT was perfectly natural that the discovery in 1868 of the famous Moabite Stone, which created such a sensation all over the civilised world, should have made literary and scientific men wish to explore the dangerous eastern side of the Dead Sea. Hence, when Dr. Gins-burg set forth the importance of an expedition to Moab in his paper before the Geographical Section of the British Association (Liverpool, 1870), the Association willingly granted 100l. towards the contemplated expedition, and in the following year supplemented this grant by another 100l. But this expedition which took place in the beginning of 1872, contributed next to nothing to our former knowledge of the trans-Jordanic regions. The only thing which it did effect was indirectly to encourage the designing Arabs in their production of Moabite antiquities.

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