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The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought

Katell Berthelot, Joseph E. David, and Marc Hirshman


The gift of the land of Israel by God is an essential element in Jewish identity, religiously, and politically. That the gift came at the expense of the local Canaanites has stimulated deep reflections and heated debate in Jewish literature, from the creation of the Bible to the twenty-first century. This book offers nineteen chapters on this moral dilemma by international experts in the history of Jewish thought. The chapters examine the theological, ethical, and political issues connected with the gift and with the fate of the Canaanites, focusing on classical Jewish texts and major Jewish c ... More

Keywords: Jewish identity, gift, Canaanites, Jewish literature, Jewish thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199959808
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959808.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katell Berthelot, author
The National Center for Scientific Research, Aix-Marseille University

Joseph E. David, author
Wolfson College, Oxford and Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Marc Hirshman, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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