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Power’s world: Israel’s Old Testament conquests

By Jonathan Power  

The vista of modern Jerusalem

Each year, over the ages, at Passover time—which begins today—religious Jews have concluded their observance with the prayer, L’shanah haba’ah b’Yerushalayim!—”Next year in Jerusalem!”

Until the 20th century, though, few really believed in the notion of return to Jerusalem any more than most Christians truly believe in the Second Coming. After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70, the Jews were thrust into the outer world—many into Arab countries (later to become Muslim countries) where they…

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