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The Earth and the Land

Studies about the Value of the Land of Israel in the Old Testament and Afterwards


Edited By Hendrik J. Koorevaar and Mart-Jan Paul

In the Bible, the land of Israel is more than a piece of ground. It is a theological symbol, because it was an essential part of Israel’s practice of its relationship with God. The land is connected to a lifestyle and to the carrying out of religious acts, like the sacrifices and the celebrations. Aspects of this are the use of the land and the enactment of ecological and humanitarian obligations. In this volume, we concentrate on the religious viewpoints, especially how the promised land can be seen from the Old and New Testament perspective. Before practical conclusions are drawn, it is important to have a good overview of the subject in the entire Bible. The chosen approach is historic-canonical and implies that we use the order of Bible books from the Hebrew canon. Two additional chapters show the Jewish and Islamic viewpoints.

This book has received the Franz Delitzsch Award 2018.

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Editors’ Foreword to the Series Edition Israelogie


The series Edition Israelogie has been initiated to contribute to a renewed discussion of the theology of Israel. However, the primary focus of the series is not the typical disciplines of classic Judaism, Jewish or Oriental studies. These areas of interest primarily emphasize the academic research of Judaism in the diversity of its manifestations, whether in history, culture, religion, philosophy or in various literary genres. These fields could be characterized as an attempt to understand Judaism from the perspective of objective neutrality. The subject of Oriental studies could be viewed in a similar light.

In contrast “Israelology” pursues other aims. As an academic discipline, “Israelology” gratefully draws on contemporary research in Jewish studies, Judaism, Oriental studies, et al., including exegetical research in the fields of Old and New Testament studies. In this series the subject of “Israelology” is to be understood as a Christian dogmatic pursuit. In essence, it raises the question as to how a systematic presentation of the relationship between Israel and/ or Judaism and the Christian Church might enrich the development of Christian doctrine and even demand doctrinal modification. We find this quite consciously in the realm of Christian dogmatics. Systematic theologians reflect on the limitation of, and possibly the overlap with, other academic disciplines, often delineated in the Prolegomena volumes, or introductions to Systematic Theology per se. In such works it would be appropriate to discuss Judaism, Oriental and Semitic studies, e.g. in relation to the disciplines of philosophy, religious studies, history,...

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