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George Adam Smith And The Moral Geography Of Galilee

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This chapter focuses on The Historical Geography of the Holy Land by George Adam Smith, first published in 1894. This book is not as simple in its discussion of the relations between nature and human characteristics as Freynes brief reference suggests. Smith introduces as one of his goals of the book to discern between what physical nature contributed to the religious development of Israel, and what was the product of purely moral and spiritual forces&t;. Smith pursues his quest by studying Jesus interaction with the landscape of Galilee. The chapter investigates the ways in which Smith describes two-way interaction between the natural environment and human cultivation, and how this picture is part of a larger cultural and religious context in Great Britain of the late Victorian period.

Keywords: Galilee; George Adam Smith; historical geography; religious identity



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