Why do Scholars use Palestine for Israel




Scholars use the word “Palestine” almost exclusively when referring to Israel in the time of Yeshua. This is the accepted word since Israel was not an independent nation in the first century—and in fact, the northern tribes that made up the Kingdom of Israel had been taken into captivity in 721 BCE. What was once ancient Israel was divided into two sections which we see in the New Testament, Judea in the south and the Galilee in the north, and Samaria was in between them.


But let’s get back to the word "Palestine." Whenever I would read anything scholarly and see the usage of the word Palestine for the land of Israel, a term that was given to the region over 100 years after Yeshua’s death and resurrection, I would get angry. I would wonder, “How can these sc