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Land of Israel
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[German Version]

I. Old Testament – II. New Testament – III. Antiquity – IV. Middle Ages and the Modern Period

I. Old Testament

1. Terminology and boundaries

The terminology used for the land of Israel (cf. Israel), in the sense of the OT view of the land itself, and the definition of its borders varies greatly. The texts appear in the context of particular literary and theological concepts in which “the land” constitutes a thematic focus.

Hebrew has two words for land: (a) אֶרֶץ…

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Waschke, Ernst-Joachim, Küchler, Max, Gafni, Isaiah and Dan, Joseph, “Land of Israel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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