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Israel, Land of, in Classical Judaism
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The land of Israel in the classical sources of Judaism, both the Oral Torah and the liturgy of the synagogue and the home, is the counterpart of Eden, just as, in these same sources, the people of Israel is presented as the counterpart of Adam. The parallel is appropriate, because gaining the land, at the end of the forty years in the wilderness, marked the completion of Israel's history. Or, it would have marked that end, had Israel not sinned and ultimately lost the land, the metaphorical coun…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Israel, Land of, in Classical Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 05 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_DUM_0006>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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