Thrashing Floor of Nazareth, Palestine

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Nazareth is a small city lying about half way between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean (md´ -tr-´ n-n). Just outside the city is a level stretch of land. This is used by the pilgrims as a camping place. But it serves a more useful purpose to the native Nazarenes. The flat ground is covered with clay. This clay is rolled and worked until it is hard and smooth. Here during the harvest time come the farmers of nearby districts with their loads of grain. This is in the form of sheaves. The sheaves are spread out on the smooth surface, and the grain is trodden out under the feet of horses or oxen. Drags are also hitched behind a horse or a team, and these are pulled over the straw until the grain is set free from the hulls. In the picture the girl in the foreground has a great pile of grain and chaff, which is being thrashed with the drag that you see. Observe the team of oxen directly beyond the horse the girl is driving. Observe also the large square building in the distance. This is typical of the shape of buildings in Palestine. The hills beyond have been worn bare of soil so that the rocks stand out like snow. This method of thrashing out grain does not belong wholly to Palestine. It has been used the world over. Our forefathers formerly used horses or oxen to trample out the wheat that they raised in their small clearings. To-day in some of our northwestern harvest fields the grain is cut, thrashed, and sacked by harvester and thrasher combined, as the machine moves across the field. Tell the story of the growth of thrashing grain from the flail to the harvester and thrasher combined. Keystone ID: 11071 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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