Land of Israel


Land of Israel (land ov IZ-rail) listen


  • n. Not just the state of Israel but the physical place.

Example Sentences

  • "The entire Eastern Roman Empire used Greek in countries including present day Lebanon, Turkey, the land of Israel, etc." (a Jewish history professor in his first lecture to USC Jewish history class)

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
  • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


  • North America
  • Great Britain
  • South Africa
  • Australia / New Zealand


  • None

Alternative Spellings

Land of Israel, land of Israel


  • The phrase is sometimes used in contrast with the political state, cf. Heb ארץ ישראל erets yisrael 'the land of Israel', מדינת ישראל medinat yisrael 'the modern Israeli state'

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