"A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey": Visions of Israel from Biblical to Modern Times

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Leonard Jay Greenspoon, Ronald Simkins
Creighton University Press, 2001 - History - 317 pages
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"A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey" examines how the promised land of Israel has been seen and interpreted differently over the course of Jewish history by those who call it home and by the many other individuals and cultures it has affected. The first glimpse of the promised land was God's description to Moses of "a land flowing with milk and honey." Since that time, the land has been more than a geographical or political entity. Visions of Israel have proliferated—uniting, dividing, and inspiring individuals and societies for thousands of years.   The fourteen contributors to this volume draw upon a variety of scholarly disciplines to consider how and why Israel has been interpreted in so many different ways. Topics include the transplanting of the idea of Zion to a sacred mountain in New Zealand; the roles of archaeology and cartography in shaping perceptions of Israel; the understanding of classical Islamic followers; the multiple meanings of "milk and honey"; the vision of noted engraver and photographer E. M. Lilien; how the land inspired two German-born Jewish women poets; the current meaning of Israel to its political right; the distinct visions of Israeli sculptors and of artist Hermann Struck; images of Israel that appear in Egyptian films; the perceptions of first-time American Jewish tourists to Israel; old stereographic photo tours of the land; and the perspectives of British millenarian missionaries in nineteenth-century Palestine.

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Contents

What Happened to the Milk and Honey? The Changing Symbols
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Inheritance of the Promised
49
Archaeology in the Service of Ideology in Israel
85
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Leonard J. Greenspoon holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University.



Ronald A. Simkins is an associate professor of theology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University.

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