Saturday, February 08, 2014

Is Judea and Samaria Jewish?

...the Israelites migrated into Canaan from the east, and because of the Canaanite presence in the lowlands, they concentrated their settlement in the hill-country. But despite the fact that Israel's process of settlement was such that they confined themselves to the hill-country for some time, this turned out to be propitious, for it was there, in relative isolation, that they were able to focus on the sapienization process, which led to the development of Israelite culture. It was in the highlands that the specific traits of the culture developed (four-room house, austere pottery, and so forth), by which the Israelites defined themselves in contrast to other people groups around them (p. 204).

From "How Israel Became a People" by Ralph K. Hawkins.


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