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Wem gehört das «Heilige Land»?

Christlich-theologische Überlegungen zur biblischen Landverheißung an Israel

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Edited By Berthold Schwarz

Die Beiträge in diesem Sammelband wollen dazu beitragen, aus christlich-theologischer Perspektive die Antwort auf die Frage zu präzisieren, wem das in den biblischen Überlieferungen dem Bundesvolk Israel verheißene Land gehört. Aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln laden die Beiträge dazu ein, den theologischen Austausch hinsichtlich der «Landbesitzfrage» anzuregen und die Sinne für die theologische Urteilsbildung zu schärfen. Die vierzehn verschiedenen Autoren stimmen konfessionell und theologisch nicht in allem miteinander überein. Trotzdem liegt allen Beiträgen die Absicht zugrunde, fachrelevante Untersuchungsergebnisse vorzulegen, die eine ausgewogene und begründete Israellehre fördern und die einen «theologischen Astigmatismus» in der «Landbesitzfrage» vermeiden wollen.
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A Messianic Jewish Perspective on the Future Regathering of Israel and the Promises of the Land

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RICHARD HARVEY

As a Messianic Jew, a Jewish believer in Jesus, the promises of the Land1 hold a special interest. Whilst I am a fourth generation English Jew, my family come originally from the Land of Israel, but in recent centuries from Essen in Germany. My father was born Anthony Adolph Hirschland, as Adolph was a popular boy’s name in 1927, and the German-Jewish name Hirschland (“land of the deer”) was well-know in Essen, where the family achieved prominence as doctors, merchants and bankers.2 Most of the Hirschlands escaped from Germany to Israel and other countries before the Second World War, but not all, and there is a list in the Essen Synagogue (now a Jewish cultural centre and museum) of those who were deported to the Concentration Camps and lost their lives there. Others escaped to other parts of the world, including many now living in Israel. So it is with a consciousness of the recent loss of life and lands in Germany (although reparations were made after the war, as the Hirschlands had significant property and business interests) that I come to the land promises to the Jewish people, in the light of theology, history and the political realities of the present day. My contribution to this book discusses the questions: What is a Messianic Jewish perspective (MJP)? What is a MJP on the Land? How can it be developed? And how can it be put into practice?

1. What is a...

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