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The Earth and the Land: Studies about the Value of the Land of Israel in the Old Testament and Afterwards
Koorevaar, Hendrik J. and Mart-Jan Paul, editors

Berlin: Lang, 2018 pp. 403.Edition Israelogie Edition. $56.26


Description: 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 Israelís 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. Contributors include Raymond R. Hausoul, Herbert H. Klement, Hendrik J. Koorevaar, Hetty Lalleman, Geert W. Lorein, W. Creighton Marlowe, Boris Paschke, Mart-Jan Paul, Siegbert Riecker, Julius Steinberg, Kees de Vreugd, and Heiko Wenzel. This book has received the Franz Delitzsch Award 2018.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, History of Judaism, Literary Approaches, Reception History

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Review by Jacob R. Evers
Published 1/2/2020
Citation: Jacob R. Evers, review of Hendrik J. Koorevaar and Mart-Jan Paul, eds., The Earth and the Land: Studies about the Value of the Land of Israel in the Old Testament and Afterwards, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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