The size of Palestine is about 12,000 square miles.  But the size of the land promised to Israel (Gen. 15: 18) is 200,000 square miles.  The size of England (alone) is 50,000 square miles.  In this 50,000 square miles there is a population of about 40 million.*  The land promised to Israel is four times as large, and therefore could sustain a population of at least 160 million people.  Dr. G. T. B. Davis, who has investigated on the spot, is our authority for saying that in the early days of Jewish colonization sixty acres of land were necessary to support a Jewish family.  Now, however, only five are necessary.  In a short time three will be sufficient.  Then when Ezekiel 36: 33-35 is fulfilled and, “The land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden” - it will be more fruitful than England at the present time and thus able to support a larger comparative population.  Ezekiel 48 makes it clear that the whole of the Promised Land will be populated.  According to the above figures if a Jewish family consisted of five persons then 200 million could be supported.  In the world to-day there are about 16 million Jews.  Therefore the Promised Land could hold ten times as many Jews as there are in the world to-day.  ‑The Religious Digest.


[* Note. This, and what follows, was written in October, 1937.]


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There is to be a competition for space in Palestine.  The boundaries of the new State will probably be defined after the lines of the Bible.  We do not anticipate a return of the whole Jewish people from the outside world, but it is already known that the territory which the new State will possess between the Mediterranean and the Euphrates River will hold 20,000,000 souls. - DR. MAX NORDAU.


The orthodox Jews of Tangier interpret God’s promise for Israel’s restoration to include all Arabia for the Land of Promise, covering one hundred times the area of Palestine.  - DR. S. M. ZWEMER.


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What about Jerusalem and Palestine, now?  Here is a striking thing.  When I was in Jerusalem, I spoke to a Government engineer who was there at the time Lord Allenby conquered Jerusalem.  He told me that Palestine needed a harbour as trade had increased, and there was great congestion, since such a great number of Jews had come into the land.  Where they used to export about 25,000 boxes of oranges, they now export nearly 25 million boxes a year.  The British Government, in order to solve the great export problem, tried to sink a harbour, but had difficulty in finding a suitable place.  Gaza was tried, but the ground would not give; they then tried Joppa, but it was too dangerous a spot.  At last they were able to sink a harbour at Haifa, and it is now in existence, and sufficiently large to accommodate the biggest ships of the world.  A Jewish writer in a Hebrew paper in Jerusalem gave a hearty invitation to the Queen Mary to stay in the Jewish Harbour!  When this godly Government official told me that it was at the foot of Mount Carmel, in the Bay of Haifa, in the Mediterranean where they built it, it was an eye-opener to me.  I said to this official:- “Do you know as I read my Bible, I find God chose the place for that harbour 3,600 years ago “Where?  I should like to see the passage?” said the officer.  So I took him to Gen. 49, where Jacob is seen as a prophet.  Before he died he called his sons and he blessed them, and gave to each son a portion.  He blessed Zebulun and said: “Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships” (v. 13).  The Hebrew word “haven of the sea” is “Chaifa”, and that is the name of the harbour, Haifa.  Is that not wonderful?  There was no harbour until the last few years in Zebulun, but now that land has that marvellous harbour!  “His border shall be unto Zidon.” – MARK KAGAN.


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Just after the disastrous earthquake in Palestine of July, 1927, many were interested to note a statement made by Professor Bailey Willis, the seismological expert of Standford University (U.S.A.) before the British Association at Leeds, England.  He said that the Holy Land may expect to suffer from earthquakes, that the area around Jerusalem is a region of potential earthquake danger, and that “a fault line along which earth slippage may occur passes directly under the Mount of Olives It is impressive to set this statement alongside the inspired Word written by Zechariah (14: 4) five centuries before our Lord’s first earthly ministry.


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On the banks of the rivers of Babylon our forefathers, exiled from Zion - virtually another name for Jerusalem and also a synonym for Palestine - solemnly swore: ‘If I forget thee, 0 Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning With what tenacity have we clung to that oath throughout centuries of exile.  In joy and sorrow, in the house of the mourner, at the wedding feast, under the nuptial canopy, at the burial service, we have never ceased to remember Jerusalem.  In our prayers, private, public, thrice daily, and in the Grace after meals, we pray for Jerusalem.  The inspiring service of the Passover, held in every Jewish home throughout the world, and the solemnest service of the Synagogue on the Day of Atonement, both conclude with the exclamation, ‘Next year in Jerusalem’.  It is impossible to overstate the spiritual significance of Jerusalem to the Jews.  The Jewish mind is focussed on that magic name ‘Yerushalayim’, which never fails to stir the Jewish heart to the uttermost.  An Englishman could perhaps think of England without London, an Irishman of Ireland without Dublin, even a Greek of Greece without Athens, but to the Jews ‘Eretz Israel’, the land of Israel, without Jerusalem is unthinkable. - DR. ISAAC HERTZOG, Chief Rabbi of Palestine.


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“Lo, these shall come from far: and these from the land of Sinim [China]” (Isa. 49: 12).


A colony of people descended from some Israelitish settlers came to the Western Borderland of China several hundreds of years before the time of Christ.  The writer* for many years laboured as a missionary in West China.  In the course of his travels and explorations among various races living in the mountainous region between China proper and Tibet he found this interesting people.  To-day they are mostly known under the general name of Chiang-Min, though once known, at least in one region, as the Baelan-Min.  It was their Jewish-like appearance combined with their characteristic Old Testament religion that drew his attention markedly to them.  ‘Who indeed were they?’ he asked.  As their habits were studied, their traditions learned, their religious observances interpreted to him from one and another over a wide area, and as finally Christian converts came forward to corroborate what he discovered, their identity became undeniably established.  Charge was given him by an eminent Chiang Christian to tell the Western Churches of their presence in far West China.  This man fell a martyr to his faith in the summer of 1935.  To his help in securing introductions to Chiang leaders and priests of note, in our quest for independent information, much of this work is due.  This man was won by the reading of the Pentateuch.  At once he claimed its five books as the title-deeds of the immemorial religion of his people.  The resemblances of their ritual to the observances of the Tabernacle were too many and too intimate to be mistaken.  Besides, the religious conceptions in both were identical.  The sweet reasonableness of the Gospel in consummating the substance of the Messianic promise set forth in both, convinced him straightway of the truth of Christianity.


* China's First Missionaries: Ancient Israelites, by Rev. T. Torrance, F.R.G.S. Thynne & Co., Ltd., Whitefriars Street, Fleet Street, London, E.C.4. Price 3/6.


The Bible League Quarterly.


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Is it not a grand fulfilment of prophecy to see to-day how the Holy Land is being prepared for their occupation! In Isaiah 17: 10, we read that the land will be set with strange slips, so Israelite colonists have sent to America for 500,000 slips of vine with which to plant the land, and in The Morning Star for December 18th, 1894, we may read, “It is reported that these strange slips do far better than the Native slips If we are to accept what Dr. K. Kellog says, it would appear that some of the descendants of the ten tribes can be found in Afghanistan, the Ameer of which said, in 1882, “O my tribesmen, it is known to you that you are a noble race, and that your pedigree is traced from Jacob the prophet,” and then followed a resume of their history from the Exodus to their last defeat by British arms.  There is also reason to believe that in Arabia are to be found remnants of the ten tribes.  Mr. Poole quotes the traveller Wolff, who had a conversation with a man named Moussa, of an Israelite tribe near Mecca.  “I asked him,” he said, “Whose descendant are you?” Moussa answered, “Come and I will show you,” and read from an Arabic Bible Jeremiah 35: 12-14.  He then went on, “Come, and you will find us 60,000 in number.  You see the words of the prophet are fulfilled?” - LT. COL. G. F. POYNDER.


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The British Academy sends its most cordial good wishes on the great occasion of the opening of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - an event fraught with happiest augury for the progress of human knowledge, and with historic significance as acclaiming the Holy City among the seats of modern learning and research.


The Fellows of the British Academy are proud that their illustrious President, the Earl of Balfour, is taking so privileged a part in inaugurating the University, and through him they desire to convey to the authorities their sincerest congratulations on the successful consummation of the efforts for its foundation.  They devoutly trust that before long the University may embrace within its activities the whole range of studies, scientific and humane.


May the Hebrew University of Jerusalem add new lustre to the enduring fame and immemorial glory of the Sacred City inestimably endeared to mankind!  Fostered by a succession of gifted teachers, may learning and arts of peace grow from strength to strength and flourish in the University - a Foundation of Peace in the City of Peace.


In fraternal comradeship with scholars and scientists throughout the world, may the Hebrew University of Jerusalem advance the welfare of the human race, and above all, through Knowledge, help forward the realization of the Psalmist’s praise of all-transcending Wisdom.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” - Address of the British Academy on the opening of the University of Jerusalem, April 1, 1925.


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, inaugurated by Lord Balfour in 1925, now has over 100 academic members on the staff, 100 technical and administrative assistants and nearly 700 undergraduate students.