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"The Holy Land" in the Time of Christ
"Palestine was to the Rabbis simply "the land," all other
countries being summed up under the designation of "outside
the land." In the Talmud, even the expression "Holy Land,"
so common among later Jews and Christians, does not once
occur. It needed not that addition, which might have
suggested a comparison with other countries; for to the
Rabbinist Palestine was not only holy, but the only holy
ground, to the utter exclusion of all other countries,
although they marked within its boundaries an ascending
scale of ten degrees of sanctity, rising from the bare soil
of Palestine to the most holy place in the Temple (Chel. i.
Alfred Edersheim. "Sketches of Jewish Social Life" (The Vicarage, Loders, Bridport: November, 1876).
Bibliography on Ancient Customs
The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised
by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008
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