Sunday, February 23, 2014

Joseph's Tomb -- What a Difference a Century Makes


The Tomb of Joseph in the valley between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal outside of Shechem (Nablus)
Picture taken from Mt. Ebal (circa 1900).  (Keystone-Mast Collection, California Museum of Photography
at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside)

According to the Book of Joshua (24:32), “The bones of Joseph which the Children of Israel brought up from Egypt were buried in Shechem [Nablus] in the portion of the field that had been purchased by Jacob.”

Joseph's Tomb today is in the middle of Nablus, controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Jews' access to the shrine is
 severely limited, and the tomb has been attacked and vandalized on several occasions. (Google Earth)

The very first posting in Israel Daily Picture in June 2011 featured century-old pictures of Joseph's Tomb that we found in the Library of Congress archives. Virtually every 19th and early 20th century collection we've viewed contains pictures of the tomb.  The online Keystone-Mast collection at the University of California - Riverside archives adds many more photos of Joseph's Tomb for the public's view.
 
Joseph's Tomb and Mt. Gerizim behind it. (Keystone-Mast Collection, California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, 
University of California, Riverside, circa 1900) 

Joseph's Tomb (circa 1900)
Keystone-Mast Collection, California Museum of Photography
at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside) 

Joseph's Tomb, alone in the valley.
Keystone-Mast Collection, California Museum of Photography
at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside) 


Turkish guard inside the tomb. The Library of Congress archives dates
this picture as 1900. Keystone-Mast Collection, California Museum of Photography
at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside) 

Hand-colored photographic slide of Joseph's Tomb, dated between 1880-1900. (Chatham University)

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