Monday, January 17, 2011

The Land that is Holy to 3 religions: Palestine / Israel

Palestine / Israel
Originally uploaded by trudeau
A never-ending source of world-engaging conflict lies at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean. The land was called Palestine for some 20 centuries - at least since the Roman conquest.

In 1947 Jewish forces prevailed over Arab forces and most of the land was renamed Israel - and dedicated as a Jewish state. That name, Israel, is part of the region's ancient history.

Besides Palestine, names used to refer to all or part of this land, says Wikipedia, include Canaan, Greater Israel, Greater Syria, the Holy Land, Iudaea Province, Judea,[23] Israel, "Israel HaShlema", Kingdom of Israel, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael or Ha'aretz), Zion and others.

Our study will inquire into these themes -
- Differences and similarities between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
- Reasons for continuing violent conflict.
- The story of Jerusalem.