[The Classic Christian Network] Jewish Studies: Israel (1of100) Wiki

Posted: April 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Israel (Listeni

 /ˈɪzriəl/Hebrewיִשְׂרָאֵל‎‎, YiśraˀelArabicإِسْرَائِيل‎, ʾIsrāʾīl), officially the State of Israel (HebrewAbout this sound מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל ,Medīnat Yisrā’elArabicدَوْلَة إِسْرَائِيل‎, Dawlat ʾIsrāʾīl), is a parliamentary republic in Western Asia, located on the eastern shore of theMediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank in the east, Egypt and the Gaza Strip on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area.[6][7] Israel is the world’s only Jewish-majority state,[8] and is defined as “a Jewish and democratic state” by Israeli constitutional law.[citation needed]





The Star of David, symbol of Judaism since the Middle Ages.

In 1948, the country was formally named Medinat Yisrael, or the State of Israel, after other proposed historical and religious names including Eretz Israel (“the Land of Israel“), Zion, and Judea, were considered and rejected.[28] In the early weeks of independence, the government chose the term “Israeli” to denote a citizen of Israel, with the formal announcement made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Moshe Sharett.[29]

The name Israel has historically been used, in common and religious usage, to refer to the Land of Israel, the biblical Kingdom of Israel and the entire Jewish nation.[30] According to the Bible, the name “Israel” was given to the patriarch Jacob (Standard YisraʾelIsrāʾīlSeptuagint GreekἸσραήλ; “persevere with God”[31]) after he successfully wrestled with an angel of God.[32] Jacob’s twelve sons became the ancestors of the Israelites, also known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel or Children of Israel. According to the Bible, Jacob and his sons had lived in Canaan and were forced by famine to go into Egypt for four generations until Moses, a great-great grandson of Jacob, led the Israelites back into Canaan in the Exodus. The earliest archaeological artifact to mention the word “Israel” is the Merneptah Stele of ancient Egypt (dated to the late 13th century BCE).[33]

The area is also known as the Holy Land, being holy for all Abrahamic religions including JudaismChristianityIslam and the Bahá’í Faith. Prior to the 1948 Israeli Declaration of Independence, the region was known by various other names including PalestineSouthern SyriaSyria PalestinaKingdom of JerusalemIudaea ProvinceCoele-SyriaRetjenu and Canaan.

Jewish History in the Southern Levant


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 Ruins on the flat top of a sand colored mountain, surrounded by desert. Other mountains are visible in the background.

Masada in the Judean Desert, anational symbol



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