The Jew through the Centuries

By Herbert L. Willett | Go to book overview

I PALESTINE

Of all lands known to the historian it is probable that Palestine possesses the greatest general interest. It was the home of the ancient Hebrews, the first interpreters of monotheism.1 It is the "holy land" to Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Moslems in virtue of their several contacts and associations with it in the past and the present. In all ages it has been the bridge across which the nations have passed in migrations, campaigns or merchandising caravans in either direction between the grass lands of Mesopotamia and Egypt. In early Christian centuries it was the land of heart's desire to thousands of penitents and pilgrims who left their bones in its soil. It was the magnet that drew half Europe to the adventure of the crusades. And in later days increasing numbers of travelers from all lands have made it their goal. Most recently events connected with the World War and the recovery of the country from Turkish rule have set in motion significant enterprises such as the new political alignment of the country, its agricultural and industrial development, the activities and ideals of Zionism, and the fresh interest awakened in archaeological research.

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Tradition affirmed that Moses described it to the expectant Hebrews in these terms ( Deut. 11:10-12): "For the land whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: but the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven; a land which the Lord thy God careth for; the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year."

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • I- Palestine 23
  • II- Hebrew Origins 71
  • III- Hebrew Contacts, Accretions And Dispersions 87
  • IV- Decline and Fall of Judah: Close Of Hebrew History 104
  • V- The Rise of Judaism 132
  • VI- Priesthood and Genealogies 166
  • VII- The Growth of Judaism 189
  • VIII- Jew and Christian 224
  • IX- The End of the Jewish State 258
  • X- The Jew Through the Centuries 279
  • XI- The Rise of Zionism 314
  • XII- Jew and Arab in Palestine 344
  • XIII- The Jew Today and Tomorrow 382
  • Bibliography 407
  • Index 415
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