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All the Boundaries of the Land

The Promised Land in Biblical Thought in Light of the Ancient Near East

Nili Wazana

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All the Boundaries of the Land

The Promised Land in Biblical Thought in Light of the Ancient Near East

Nili Wazana

What are the borders of the Promised Land in the Hebrew Bible? What drives and characterizes the descriptions given of them? The starting point for this research lies in the premise that, despite their detailed geographical nature, the biblical texts are not genuinely geographical documents. They are more appropriately to be understood and examined as literary texts composed in the service of an ideological agenda. In order to comprehend properly the idea of the Promised Land presented in the Hebrew Bible—its definitions, dimensions, and significance—we must understand that the descriptions belong to diverse literary genres, were composed according to various literary devices that require decoding, and that reflect a range of perspectives, outlooks, and notions.

 

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What are the borders of the Promised Land in the Hebrew Bible? What drives and characterizes the descriptions given of them? The starting point for this research lies in the premise that, despite their detailed geographical nature, the biblical texts are not genuinely geographical documents. They are more appropriately to be understood and examined as literary texts composed in the service of an ideological agenda. In order to comprehend properly the idea of the Promised Land presented in the Hebrew Bible—its definitions, dimensions, and significance—we must understand that the descriptions belong to diverse literary genres, were composed according to various literary devices that require decoding, and that reflect a range of perspectives, outlooks, and notions.

All the Boundaries of the Land provides engaging fresh perspectives on the variant views of the Promised Land in the interface between literature, history, geography, and ideology. It does not intend to answer the question of how the borders of the land altered throughout the course of history. The reader will find no maps or outlines in this book. The emphasis is on the literary tools that were employed by the biblical authors who described the borders, and the ideological motives that guided them.

Erratum: All the Boundaries of the Land: The Promised Land in Biblical Thought in Light of the Ancient Near East was published with the support of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF). They funded the translation of the book into English and enabled Nili Wazana to make her research accessible to the wider scientific community. The preface to the book mistakenly fails to mention their contribution, thanking instead the Israel Academy of Science. Future editions will acknowledge the author’s gratitude to the Israel Science Foundation.

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

Part 1

Borders and the Concept of the Border in the Bible and Ancient Near East

1. “Border” versus “Frontier”

2.Spatial Merisms

Part 2

The Promised Land

3.The Land Promised to the Patriarchs

4.The Promise of World Dominion

5.“The Land of Canaan with Its Various Boundaries” Document (Numbers 34:1–12)

6.Ezekiel’s Vision of the Ideal Land

Part 3

The Fulfillment of the Promise

7.The Dimensions of the Land in the “Book of Conquest” (Joshua 1–12)

8.“The Land That Yet Remains” (Joshua 13:1–6)

9.The “Book of Settlement”: The Land of the Tribal Portions

10.The Dimensions of the Land according to Biblical Historiography

Conclusion

Bibliography

Indexes

Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

Index of Subjects, Geographical Names, and Personal Names

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