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95. Fora detailedand enlighteningdiscussion of the questionof the threeoaths and the ban engenderedby the interpretationof this verse, see AviezerRavitzky,Ha-KezHa-MegulehU'MedinatHaYehudim[Revelationof the End and the State of the Jews], Tel Aviv:Am Oved, 1993, pp. 277-305. 96. For an elucidating article on the subject, see Iris Porush,"MabatAher al 'Hayei Ha-Ivrit Ha-Metta"[A New Look at the 'Life of Dead Hebrew'],Alpayim 13, Tel Aviv: 1996, pp. 65-106. 97. Thereis a parallelbetween Protestantism'sapproachto sacredtexts and the Jewish attitude to biblical literalism.

In traditionalJewish thought, the Torah is considered the Law of Moses given on Mt. Sinai according to God's word. 96 This process first affected the secular public. 97 94. Quoted by Amos Oz, Mi-MordotHa-Levanon(from the Slops of Lebanon),Tel Aviv:Am Oved, 1987, p. 215. 95. Fora detailedand enlighteningdiscussion of the questionof the threeoaths and the ban engenderedby the interpretationof this verse, see AviezerRavitzky,Ha-KezHa-MegulehU'MedinatHaYehudim[Revelationof the End and the State of the Jews], Tel Aviv:Am Oved, 1993, pp.

The most elegant verdict seems to have been that deliveredby NathanZach, the noted, leftist Hebrewpoet: "Archeologistsand historians who based themselves on early researches made these argumentslong ago. "Scientific research, which casts doubt on the Bible's historicalaccuracyas to the colonization of the Tribes of Israel,upsetsthe historicalfooting of the severeprohibitionon handingoverthe land to strangers,"Yossi Mart,a geology professorat Haifa University,commented with glee. Biblical invalidationwas meant to bolster the Palestinian narrativethathas recentlyattemptedto presentthe Palestiniansas the trueheirs 107.

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