Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Bible & Archaeology (University of Iowa)

The Hebrew noun ארץ (ʾeretz, pronounced ERR-retz), means "earth, land, ground." It is used in several ways in the Hebrew Bible. It can refer to "earth" as opposed to the oceans, as in Genesis 1:10: "God called the dry land Earth (ארץ), and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas." The word ארץ (ʾeretz) is also used to describe a particular region of "land," as in Genesis 12:1: "Now the LORD said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land (ארץ) that I will show you'."