Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dueling scriptures for Jerusalem Day

Netanyahu Cites Bible in Israel's Jerusalem Claim

Linda Gradstein Contributor
AOL News
JERUSALEM (May 12) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today sought to enlist the authority of the Bible in the ongoing controversy over the future of Jerusalem.

Speaking before a special parliamentary session, Netanyahu said that the word "Jerusalem" and one of its Hebrew names, "Zion," appear 850 times in the Bible. "As to how many times Jerusalem is mentioned in the holy scriptures of other faiths, I recommend you check," he told the parliamentarians.

"Because you asked, Jerusalem is mentioned 142 times in the New Testament, and one of the 16 various Arabic names for Jerusalem is mentioned in the Koran. But in an expanded interpretation of the Koran from the 12th century, one passage is said to refer to Jerusalem."

Not sure where he's going with this, but proportional representation based on a count of scriptural citations doesn't strike me as the answer.