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The boundaries of the Land of Israel

The Land of Israel, known as Eretz Israel for the Jews, or the Promised Land for Biblical scholars, or the Holy Land for Christians, has had different boundaries mentioned in the Bible. And beyond the Biblical narrative, the history of these boundaries continues until today. Here is a review of the separate phases.

God's promise to Abraham

The key story starts from Genesis 12: God asked Abraham to leave his father's household in Haran and go unto the land that I will show thee (Genesis 12:1). When Abraham reached the promised land, that was occupied by the Canaanite peoples, he made three stops to walk through what God had promised to his descendance: 'Unto thy seed will I give this land' (Genesis 12:7). The three stops were: (1) at the terebinth of Moreh, near Sichem (nowadays Nablus), (2) at