and to their descendants after them," whilst Numbers 34:1–15 describes the "Land of Canaan" (Eretz Kna'an) which is allocated to nine and half of the twelve Israelite tribes after the Exodus.The expression "Land of Israel" is first used in a later book, 1 Samuel .
and to their descendants after them," whilst Numbers 34:1–15 describes the "Land of Canaan" (Eretz Kna'an) which is allocated to nine and half of the twelve Israelite tribes after the Exodus.The expression "Land of Israel" is first used in a later book, 1 Samuel .Jewish tradition thus refers to the region as Canaan during the period between the Flood and the Israelite settlement.
The Hebrew Bible provides three specific sets of borders for the "Promised Land", each with a different purpose.
Neither of the terms "Promised Land" (Ha'Aretz Ha Muvtahat) or "Land of Israel" are used in these passages: Genesis –21, Genesis 17:8 and Ezekiel –20 use the term "the land" (ha'aretz), as does Deuteronomy 1:8 in which it is promised explicitly to "Abraham, Isaac and Jacob...
These borders are again mentioned in Deuteronomy 1:6–8, and Joshua 1:4.
According to the Hebrew Bible, Canaan was the son of Ham who with his descendents had seized the land from the descendents of Shem according to the Book of Jubilees.
The definitions of the limits of this territory vary between passages in the Hebrew Bible, with specific mentions in Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34 and Ezekiel 47.
Nine times elsewhere in the Bible, the settled land is referred as "from Dan to Beersheba, and three times it is referred as "from the entrance of Hamath unto the brook of Egypt” (1 Kings , 1 Chronicles 13:5 and 2 Chronicles 7:8).The Land of Israel concept has been evoked by the founders of the State of Israel.It often surfaces in political debates on the status of the West Bank, which is referred to in official Israeli discourse as Judea and Samaria, from the names of the two historical Jewish kingdoms.The words are used sparsely in the Bible: King David is ordered to gather 'strangers to the land of Israel'(hag-gêrîm ’ăšer, bə’ereṣ yiśrā’êl) for building purposes (1 Chronicles 22:2), and the same phrasing is used in reference to King Solomon's census of all of the 'strangers in the Land of Israel' (2 Chronicles ).Ezekiel, though generally preferring the phrase 'soil of Israel' (’admat yiśrā’êl), employs eretz israel twice, respectively at Ezekiel 40:2 and Ezekiel .Modern maps depicting the region take a reticent view and often leave the southern and eastern borders vaguely defined.The borders of the land to be conquered given in Numbers have a precisely defined eastern border which included the Arabah and Jordan.Although the English name "Red Sea" is derived from this name ("Erythraean" derives from the Greek for red), the term denoted all the waters surrounding Arabia—including the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, not merely the sea lying to the west of Arabia bearing this name in modern English.Thus, the entire Arabian peninsula lies within the borders described.ʼÉreṣ Yiśrāʼēl) is the traditional Jewish name for an area of indefinite geographical extension in the Southern Levant.Related biblical, religious and historical English terms include the Land of Canaan, the Promised Land, the Holy Land, and Palestine (see also Israel (disambiguation)).