No, Joshua never conquered “Palestine”

Whoa. When even Bible publishers get sucked into the Palestine myth you know we’re in trouble. Apparently the New American Standard Bible (NASB) has made a bit of a chronological error, inserting the name of a geopolitical state into the Old Testament centuries before it actually existed. It seems several editions of the NASB include the word “Palestine” in various section headings, i.e., “Joshua’s Conquest of Southern Palestine” – even though there was no such place as Palestine during Joshua’s time. 😯

Dr. Michael Brown explains how the name actually came to be applied to an area that the Bible originally referenced as Canaan (in Joshua’s day), and later Judea ~

The origins of the name Palestine are totally negative. That’s why Tsafrir Ronen posted an article titled, “The Invention of Palestine as a Psychological Weapon for Conquering Eretz Yisrael [the Land of Israel]” on the Think Israel website.
As Ronen explains,

Almost 2,000 years ago, the Roman Emperor Hadrian cursed the Jewish People and decreed that Judea should be henceforth called “Palestine” after the Philistines, an ancient enemy of Israel that had disappeared from the world’s stage more than 600 years earlier. It was his final twist of the knife and legacy after wars, massacres, persecutions, and exiles that had largely extinguished the Jewish presence from Judea.

Hadrian’s intention was to eradicate memory of the Jewish people whom the Romans exiled from their homeland as punishment for having rebelled against them in 130 AD […]
It is true that the Jewish people reclaimed the word “Palestinian” for themselves earlier last century. So the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was originally the Palestine Symphony Orchestra (founded in 1936). And the original name for the Jerusalem Post was the Palestine Post (founded in 1932).
Ironically, this underscores the fact that the Arabs and others living in Palestine before 1948 did not think of themselves as Palestinians. This was never part of their corporate or individual identity until after 1967.


Over time, disgruntled Arabs have done such a thorough job of re-writing the history of the region that even Bible publishers get confused sometimes. As Dr. Brown pointed out, the “Palestinians” didn’t even start calling themselves that until the 1960s. Here’s brief recap of region’s last 100 years ~

It’s the surrounding Arab states who are ultimately responsible for any Palestinian refugees. They have refused to take any of these people into their countries, and have spurned deals that would have given the Palestinians their own state. Peace has never been the goal. These refugees are much more valuable as pawns in the ongoing jihad against Israel. The latest chapter in Palestinian grievance-mongering began earlier this month at a meeting of the PLO Central Council.

Palestinians: Abbas’s Big Bluff – Again ~ Ever since the Trump Administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been shaking his fist at the United States. Our mainstreams haven’t bothered to cover most of his angry rhetoric and hate speech against the Jewish state ~

In a speech before the PLO Central Council session, Abbas mocked Trump and hurled abuses at him. Abbas said he hoped God would “destroy” Trump’s house. The Arabic Yakhrab baytu means “May his house be destroyed”. According to The Guardian, Abbas “did not literally mean the White House or Trump Tower. But its wider sense is unmissable.”
Abbas’s speech also contained anti-Semitic remarks in which he claimed that Israel was a colonialist project that had nothing to do with Judaism.

Bassam Tawil at the Gatestone Institute adds ~

Abbas and the Palestinians miss the days of the Obama administration, which they felt was hostile to Israel and constantly sided with them. Abbas must have gotten quite used to sympathetic comments directed toward the Palestinians from the Obama administration. For Abbas and the Palestinians, each time the Obama administration condemned Israel over “settlement construction,” those were the good old days – which now seem to have vanished with the arrival of a new president at the White House.
Abbas, in his desperation, hurls abuse — and in all directions. He has resorted — again — to his old strategy of warning us that if his demands are not met, World War III will break out. Abbas would like us to believe that the Palestinian issue should remain at the center of the world’s attention – otherwise, there will be bloodshed and violence on the streets of most countries.
Should anyone take Abbas’s threats seriously? The answer is simple: No.


With Donald Trump leading the way with his strong pro-Israel stance, perhaps the rest of the West will finally get tired of the Palestinian refugee myth and call Abbas’ bluff as Tawil advises – and stop sending them hundreds of millions in aid (that mostly just goes to reward terrorists).


In another positive development, it seems now that NASB had already been made aware of the historical errors, and they do plan to correct subsequent editions. Let’s hope so. As the book of Proverbs says about God’s Word ~

Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
~ Proverbs 30:6


How the Palestinian Authority Promotes Hatred and Violence Against Israel ~ Video from The Watchman exposes the shocking truth about the virulent anti-Semitism with which Palestinians are inculcated at a very young age
Why Wright is Wrong on Palestine – and Jesus

Obama’s audacious anti-Semitism
Palestine – the Reality
Why Are There Still Palestinian Refugees? ~ A short, enlightening video from PragerU ~

It’s been seven decades since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, and yet there are still an estimated 4 million Palestinian refugees…and zero Jewish refugees. With so many nearby Arab allies of the Palestinians, how did this happen? What does it say about Israel? What does it say about its Arab neighbors? Dumisani Washington, Diversity Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel, explains.

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