Monday, November 22, 2010

The Rachel's Tomb that is now a mosque, is probably not the real Rachel's Tomb

I see from the newspapers that UNESCO has designated Rache's Tomb as a mosque:
A religious site outside Bethlehem revered by both Jews and Muslims has emerged as the latest diplomatic battlefield between Israel and the United Nations. Known as Rachel's Tomb to Jews and the Bilal bin Rabah mosque to Muslims, the site was included in a resolution by Unesco last week, which described it as a mosque and noted that it formed "an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territories".
The proper and correct Jewish reaction to this is: WHO CARES. Let me explain. The Bible tells us (Gen 35:19) that Rachel was buried not in Bethlehem, but "on the way" to that town. Later Samuel the prophet tell us exactly where the tomb is located Speaking to Saul in Samuel 1 10:2 he says
"When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel's tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, 'The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, "What shall I do about my son?"
This conversation took place in Zuph, which as you can see is in Ephraim; thus the "border of Benjamin" is the northern border, a spot well to the north of the current location of the tomb in Judah, just south of Benjamin's southern border. In any case, it certainly is not specifying a location within the territory of Judah, which is where the current tomb is located

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