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MembersA Journey to the Land That Devours Its Inhabitants

No other country on earth points to the biblical God of Israel in a living way like the Promised Land.

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Tourists after landing in Israel, everyone experiences the country differently.
Tourists after landing in Israel, everyone experiences the country differently. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

What is the Promised Land of Israel? A land flowing with milk and honey, or rather a land that devours its inhabitants? The Bible refers to it as both. At the burning bush, God promises Moses a good and wide land abundant in all the natural resources a new nation could want. In the same verse, God also mentions that six other peoples already live in this land. No word yet on whether they are friendly or hostile. When the children of Israel reach the frontiers, God tells Moses to send men to spy out the land of Canaan. Moses dispatches them from the desert of Pharan at God’s command. When the spies return, 10 out of the 12 bring a negative report, telling the Israelites that “this land devours its inhabitants.”

What seems a contradiction is in fact an apt description of this land. One the one hand, it is indeed fertile. On the other, it is a land of constant conflict from which its inhabitants suffer non-stop. This was true even in those days, with the tiny land of...

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