Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Palestine? Or, Judea and Samaria?

Again thanks to Lenny Ben-David we now have these

A map of Palestine from 1897, with Judea and Samaria.  That's how the world knew the country's geographical regions.

And here is Joseph's Tomb on the outskirts of "heavily populated" Shechem:

And the northern section of the Temple Mount with no trees, paths or other 'improvements'



Anonymous said...

Sorry to be a contrarian here, but that's a 19th-century Bible map, yes? You can find similar maps today in Christian Bibles.

YMedad said...

That's okay to be contrarian.

The map is in a book on a visit to Palestine. It is the only map. It is the map of how the world knew Palestine - the Jewish country occupied and ruled by the Ottoman Empire. It never occured to them that it was, in a local national sense, an Arab country, other than being peopled by Arabs - who also peopled Spain until the 15th century or so. Even the local Arabs had no intrinsic cultural Arab-language name for the country. El-Shams meant basically what we know as Greater Syria.

Yes, the Land of Israel, named by the Roams "Palestina" was a Bible country.