Homeland: Part II: Jewish Roots
Mike Martin - January 7, 2009
Despite the rather recent view of Israel as an artificially created state for the Jewish people, there is much historical, archaeological, and Biblical evidence that thousands of years before the United Nations created the state of Israel that Jews lived and died in these ancestral lands.
Reconstruction: Ancient Jerusalem
Evidence of a Hebrew, Israelite or Jewish people in the lands that we now call Israel goes back thousands of years, some say over 3,400 years. They may not have stayed there continuously but that was mostly because a series of foreign powers from Babylonians to Romans to the medieval Crusaders drove them out of their home by force. Yet time after tome, despite great hardship to themselves and their families they returned over and over again to the lands of their forefathers.
No other race of people has been as well documented in human history as the Jewish people. Parts of their story have been incorporated, some say expropriated by other religions like Christianity and Islam to help them tell their own story since there is little recorded history prior to that of the Jewish people. As an example all three major monotheistic religions claim Abraham as their grandfather, but the reality is that Abraham was a Jew long before he became part of Christian or Muslim legend.
In fact Jews can trace their ancestry directly back to the patriarch Abraham who lived all over the Middle East region somewhere between 3,500 and 4,000 years ago and was first given the divine promise of a nation and protection for a people who would loyally obey his directions. Over many years Abraham lived in Canaan, the site of modern Israel, Egypt, the Negeb, Hebron, Gezer, Beer-sheba and finally back to Hebron where he and his wife Sarah eventually died.
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