The Physical Israel
After the death of Moses, Joshua the son of Nun took command around the
spring of 1473 BC. By Godís command and under Joshua's leadership, the
Israelites crossed the river Jordan on dry ground and conquered the
first Canaanite city, Jericho.
Consequently, with divine assistance, the seven condemned kingdoms that
were within the borders of the Canaanite land were defeated, among them
the city of Jerusalem. They fell to the Israelites in rapid succession
in fulfilment of Godís promise to them. The Israelites conquered most of
Canaan - from Jericho, East, to the seashores of the Mediterranean, West
- the land that God had earlier designated and promised to their
forefather, Abraham, that He would give it to His people the Israelites.
The territory of Palestine, at the time, was no more than a narrow patch
of coastal land that stretched along the southern seaboard of the
Mediterranean Sea between Gaza and their northernmost city Ekron
(Michael Avi-Yonah, 1972: pp 66-69; Holy Bible: Numbers 34: 1-13;
Leviticus 18: 3-25; Deuteronomy 18: 9-12; Exodus 23: 23, 24; 34: 11-16;
Joshua 3: 13-17). Depressingly, the territory of present-day Israel is
by far less and much smaller than the ancient biblical Israel.