As Tristram describes in the preface, the object of this book is to illustrate every allusion to natural history found in Christian scripture. It is the product of his travels in the Holy Land, accompanied by botanical and zoological collectors, during 1863 and 1864. In addition to describing the physical geography of the region, chapters are devoted to geology and meteorology, as well as to the varieties of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, invertebrates, trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers which can be found therein. Illustrated with engravings throughout. Reverend Henry Baker Tristram was a British clergyman, Biblical scholar and ornithologist. He was born in Alnwick, Northumberland, and studied at Lincoln College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1846 and later served as Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral. An avid traveller (and early proponent of Darwinism), Tristram was a founding member of the British Ornithologists' Union and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1868 for his work on the natural history of the Bermudas, Algeria and Tunis, and Palestine.