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As the location of a number of miracles within the Jewish and Christian traditions, the Jordan is without doubt one of the world’s holiest rivers. it's also the foremost political and symbolic border contested through Israelis and Palestinians. Combining biblical and folkloric stories with old geography, Rachel Havrelock explores how the advanced spiritual and mythological representations of the river have formed the present clash within the heart East.

Havrelock contends that the intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian clash stems from the nationalist myths of the Hebrew Bible, the place the Jordan is outlined as a border of the Promised Land. either Israelis and Palestinians declare the Jordan as an important boundary of an indivisible place of origin. reading the Hebrew Bible along historical and glossy maps of the Jordan, Havrelock chronicles the evolution of Israel’s borders in response to nationalist myths whereas uncovering extra myths that envision Israel as a bi-national kingdom. those different myths, she proposes, offer roadmaps for destiny political configurations of the kingdom. bold and masterful in its scope, River Jordan brings a clean, provocative point of view to the continued fight during this violence-riddled region.

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