Ezekiel 5:5

Hebrew Bible

4 Again, take more of them and throw them into the fire, and burn them up. From there a fire will spread to all the house of Israel. 5 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: This is Jerusalem; I placed her in the center of the nations with countries all around her. 6 Then she defied my regulations and my statutes, becoming more wicked than the nations and the countries around her. Indeed, they have rejected my regulations, and they do not follow my statutes.

Jubilees 8:12


11 And he called his sons, and they drew nigh to him, they and their children, and he divided the earth into the lots, which his three sons were to take in possession, and they reached forth their hands, and took the writing out of the bosom of Noah, their father. 12 And there came forth on the writing as Shem's lot the middle of the earth which he should take as an inheritance for himself and for his sons for the generations of eternity, from the middle of the mountain range of Rafa, from the mouth of the water from the river Tina, and his portion goes towards the west through the midst of this river, and it extends till it reaches the water of the abysses, out of which this river goes forth and pours its waters into the sea Me'at, and this river flows into the great sea. And all that is towards the north is Japheth's, and all that is towards the south belongs to Shem. 13 And it extends till it reaches Karaso: this is in the bosom of the tongue which looks towards the south.

 Notes and References

"... According to Jubilees 4:26, there are four places that belong to the divine. Likewise, according to Jubilees 8:12, the land belonging to God’s chosen people reflected, in some manner, the divine possession as well. Jubilees 8:12 reads as follows: “And the lot of Shem emerged from the book (to be) in the midst of the earth, which he would possess for his inheritance and for his sons to eternal generations.” The divine ownership of place, and particularly the places Eden, Sinai, and Zion/Jerusalem, meant that in some manner they reciprocated each other ... Such holy characteristics meant that each occupied the center of a chosen realm (such as Sinai at the center of the desert and Jerusalem the center of the world), but such forces drawing them together conceptually also required them to face one another, to be related and placed in circular fashion as if looking toward another central area ..."

Boyd, Samuel L. "Place as Real and Imagined in Exile: Jerusalem at the Center of Ezekiel" in Greenspoon, Leonard J., editor. Next Year in Jerusalem: Exile and Return in Jewish History (pp. 1-27) Purdue University Press, 2019

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