harzion #25 'a people that dwells alone' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Roo
    • 06.12.09 | 13:53 (IST)

    Never in the history of Israel,Judea,Judah,Ephraim, have you been a people that 'dwells alone'. Before you departed on your 'national mythical journey' you should have done at least some cursory study. When David ruled that city[village that it was]it was inhabited by Jebusites who continued to live alongside the newcomers. Gibeonites, Phillistines etc were populous throughout Samaria. The peoples always mingled as much as it pained the priestly elites in Jerusalem. Even your biblical sources point this out, were you to read them more carefully. There were Samaritans aplenty in the land during the first and second Temple periods. There is furthermore a rich and well attested tradition of idolatry in Jerusalem and throughout the land. It was never marginal but commonplace and menorahs existed alongside ashterah in the same homes. A mass of sacrificial sites have been unearthed which remained in use throughout the first temple period, and a deluge of ashterah have been found from Jerusalem itself form before and even after this period. Judaism was syncretic in practice right up until the rabbinic period in Roman times. Only after Ezra/Nechamia's outlawing of the prevalent custom of intermarriage [a custom in existence from the time of David and Solomon] was there any real change. Even then Ezra overnight disappears from the scene without trace, likely beating a hasty retreat. Only in Christian commentary were the Jews presented as a people who 'dwell alone', supposedly as a divine punishment for their rejection of Christ. This was only mirrored in the post Roman Rabbinical era so as to keep the faith alive. Yet biblical Israel was as cosmopolitan as Rome and even today we see an Israel where 1 in 4 are non Jewish, and most of the remainder non religious. Wanting to dwell alone is not the same things as doing so.

    from the article: Israel should give up Jerusalem as its capital
    First published 01:11 06.12.09 | Last updated 09:13 06.12.09
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