Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How to be "Pro-67 Borders"

A T-shirt making the rounds:

That reads:



Maybe this will help.  And a Rabbi Green explains:

Yes, Israel needs to return to the borders of before 67 CE, the year Vespasian embarked on his military campaign to conquer and lay waste to the land of Israel and ultimately destroyed the Holy Temple (in 68 CE).  What were the pre-67 CE borders, you ask?

Well, for one, these borders contained areas most vital to Israel's security and defense (e.g. Golan, Gaza, West and East Banks, part of the Sinai, etc.). Moreover, they contained the heartland of Biblical Israel, including Judea, Samaria, and even Transjordania.

In 67 CE, there was no "Palestine," but only Israel, land of the Jews. No "Aelia Capitolina." No "East" and "West," but only one united Jerusalem...

And in 67 BCE, there was a strong Hasmonean state.

Here's one version of the Hasmonean conquests including 67 BCE:

 This is also very detailed:

At the very least, you'll notice, the country stretches to both sides of the Jordan River.


Some history:

With the establishment of Hasmonean rule (transformed in 104-103 B.C.E. into a kingdom), Jerusalem entered a new stage of history as the capital of an independent state. While the city had already enjoyed this status for some four hundred years during the First Temple period (c. 1000-586 B.C.E.), it had been reduced to a modest temple-city for the first four hundred years of the Second Temple era (c. 540-140 B.C.E.), serving as the capital of a small and relatively isolated district.
All this changed, however, under the Hasmoneans; as Jerusalem assumed its role as the center of a sizable state, the city's dimensions and fortunes were affected as well. Replacing the district of Yehud in the Persian and Hellenistic eras, the Hasmonean realm expanded greatly, encompassing an area roughly the size of David's and Solomon's kingdoms' and becoming a significant regional power by the beginning of the first century B.C.E. Jerusalem under the Hasmoneans grew fivefold, from a relatively small area in the City of David with some five thousand inhabitants to a population of twenty-five to thirty thousand inhabitants…

And start at page 63 at this book.


Channie Kahan said...

Perfect! Yes let us go back to the 67 bce borders!
Am Yisrael Chai!

Karen said...

Ok, maybe it's not AS good, but this is the shirt I bought. I hope the link works.

Anonymous said...

Where did you get that "67 borders" shirt?

YMedad said...

appeared on FB