James Finn

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James Finn
James Finn.jpg
Born13 July 1806
Died29 August 1872
Resting placeWimbledon, London
NationalityBritish
OccupationUk consul in jerusalem,
writer
Years active1846–1863
Known forWritings about Palestine
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Anne Finn
ChildrenAlexander 'Guy Fawkes' Finn, 1847
Constance Finn, 1851
Arthur Henry Finn, 1854

James Finn (1806–1872)[1] was a British Consul in Jerusalem, in the then Ottoman Empire (1846–1863).[2] He arrived in 1845 with his wife Elizabeth Anne Finn. Finn was a devout Christian, who belonged to the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews, but who did not engage in missionary work during his years in Jerusalem.

Finn was a writer and philanthropist. He was a great believer in productivity, an ideology that was very much in vogue at the time, and in 1853 purchased for £250 Karm al-Khalil (Arabic for "Abraham's Vineyard", lit. "vineyard of the loved one", which in Hebrew became Kerem Avraham) a barren piece of land outside the walls of the Old City. Kerem Avraham was established as a training farm for Jews in agriculture and to become productive citizens. Finn employed Jewish labourers to build the first house there in 1855. Cisterns for water storage were built and a soap factory was established which produced high quality soap sold to tourists.

He helped establish the experimental farm at the village of Artas outside Bethlehem.

Books (partial list)[edit]

  • James Finn, 1868: Byeways in Palestine, London 482pp.
  • James Finn: Byeways in Palestine, Adamant Media, Boston, 2002 reprint of the London 1868 original. 482pp. ISBN 1-4021-9272-X
  • James Finn: The Orphan Colony of Jews in China. Containing a letter received from themselves, with the latest information concerning them. London 1872.
  • Finn, James, (1878): Stirring Times: Or Records from Jerusalem Consular Chronicles of 1853 to 1856., Edited by Elizabeth Anne Finn. vol. 1. London. The full text, archive.org, Original: Harvard. Can download PDF.
    • alternative: Stirring Times: Or Records from Jerusalem Consular Chronicles of 1853 to 1856., Edited by Elizabeth Anne Finn. vol. 1. London. The full text, archive.org, Original: University of Michigan. Can download PDF.
  • Finn, James, (1878): Stirring Times: Or Records from Jerusalem Consular Chronicles of 1853 to 1856., Edited by Elizabeth Anne Finn. vol. 2. London. The full text, archive.org, Original: Harvard. Can download PDF.
    • alternative: Stirring Times: Or Records from Jerusalem Consular Chronicles of 1853 to 1856., Edited by Elizabeth Anne Finn. vol. 2. London. The full text, archive.org, Original: University of Michigan. Can download PDF.
  • Finn, James (1843). The Jews in China London: Wertheim. -University of Hong Kong Libraries, Digital Initiatives, China Through Western Eyes
  • Finn, James (1872). The orphan colony of Jews in China London: Nisbet. -University of Hong Kong Libraries, Digital Initiatives, China Through Western Eyes
  • Elizabeth Anne McCaul Finn: A Home in the Holy Land. A tale illustrating customs and incidents in modern Jerusalem. Adamant Media, Boston, 2002 reprint of the London 1866 original. ISBN 978-1-4021-1768-8
  • Elizabeth Anne McCaul Finn: A Third Year in Jerusalem. A tale illustrating customs and incidents of modern Jerusalem; or, a sequel to "Home in the Holy Land". Adamant Media, Boston, 2002 reprint of the London 1869 original. ISBN 978-1-4021-1053-5

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://billiongraves.com/grave/James-Finn/6032261
  2. ^ Webster, Gillian (1 January 1985). "Elizabeth Anne Finn". The Biblical Archaeologist. 48 (3): 181–185. doi:10.2307/3209937. JSTOR 3209937.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kerem Avraham at Wikimedia Commons