Mormon studies, photography, Holy Land, Middle East, photographic essay
The following photographic essay presents a series of rare vistas from Jerusalem and Palestine photographed about a century ago. More changes have occurred in the Holy Land in the last one hundred years than in the previous two thousand. Pictures such as these take the viewer back into the premodern era of the land of Israel. Their unpaved streets and simple landscapes are the same that greeted President George A. Smith and his party on their visit to the Holy Land in 1873 (see Journal of Discourses, 16:93-102) or that surrounded Orson Hyde as he prayed on the Mount of Olives in 1841 (History of the Church, 4:455-59). These scenes are probably close to the general surroundings experienced daily by Jesus and his early disciples.
"The Holy Land: A Premodern Photo Tour,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 37:
4, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol37/iss4/4