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Map of the Holy Land and the territories of the 12 tribes of Israel.

The Holy Land (Hebrew: ארץ הקודש, ʼẸreẓ HaQōdesh; Aramaic: ארעא קדישא, Ar'a Qaddisha; Greek: Άγιοι Τόποι, Agioi Topoi; Latin: Terræ Sanctæ; Arabic: الأرض المقدسة, al-Arḍ ul-Muqaddasah) refers to the Land of Israel, also known as Palestine. Specifically, it includes those areas of Israel which hold specific, significant religious importance to the monotheistic Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Bahá'í.

These areas include, but are not limited to, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Bethlehem, the Western Wall, Temple Mount, and the Dome of the Rock.

The Holy Land is a land that God cares for; the eyes of the Lord our God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end (Deuteronomy 11:12 ).

Holy Land in Modern Times

Israel independence was declared on May 14, 1948. The Declaration of Independence of Israel reads:

Here...was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here, their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped.[1]

Few areas of the world has suffered so severely and steadily the weight of war and destruction as the Holy Land.[2]


  1. Birnbaum, Philip (1979). Encyclopedia of Jewish Concepts (Revised edition ed.). Brooklyn, New York: Hebrew Publishing Company. p. 63-64. ISBN 0-88482930-8. 
  2. Wood, D. R. W, ed. (1985). New Bible Atlas. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. p. 112. ISBN 0-8423-4675-9. 

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