According to interpreters, Is Mt Hermon located within the biblical boundaries of the Holy Land?

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    Isn't Har Snir mentioned in the border our Mt Hermon? May 16, 2019 at 13:04
  • the Stone edition chumash (page 923) has a map with the borders according to the Kaftor VaFerach and the Tevuos HaAretz and Mt. Hermon is outside both of those (though it is significantly closer to the border as drawn by the T"H.
    – rosends
    May 16, 2019 at 14:38
  • @DannySchoemann See Devarim 4:48 and its surrounding verses. It says that Moshe and the army conquered extensive land belonging to the Emori on the east side of the Jordan which includes Hermon. As I understand it, all land on the east of the Jordan was not part of Eretz Yisra'el. Can you confirm or deny this assumption?
    – DanF
    May 16, 2019 at 21:33

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"בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, כָּרַת ה' אֶת-אַבְרָם--בְּרִית לֵאמֹר: לְזַרְעֲךָ, נָתַתִּי אֶת-הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת, מִנְּהַר מִצְרַיִם, עַד-הַנָּהָר הַגָּדֹל נְהַר-פְּרָת. אֶת-הַקֵּינִי, וְאֶת-הַקְּנִזִּי, וְאֵת, הַקַּדְמֹנִי. וְאֶת-הַחִתִּי וְאֶת-הַפְּרִזִּי, וְאֶת-הָרְפָאִים. וְאֶת-הָאֱמֹרִי, וְאֶת-הַכְּנַעֲנִי, וְאֶת-הַגִּרְגָּשִׁי, וְאֶת-הַיְבוּסִי."

This says from the Nile to the Euphrates. Here's a map I have found, which pretty much sums it up. According to the map, it doesn't pass through.

Source: https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/קובץ:Map_Land_of_Israel.jpg

Source: https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/קובץ:Map_Land_of_Israel.jpg

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    נהר מצרים isn't the Nile
    – Double AA
    May 16, 2019 at 13:45
  • It is. The only river in Egypt May 16, 2019 at 13:45
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    Your map doesn't agree with you. It marks the River of Egypt far from the Nile.
    – Double AA
    May 16, 2019 at 13:51
  • FWIW, currently, נהר מצרים is part of Egypt or just on the Southern border of Gaza. Regardless, a country can have more than one river. I can't say why this particular one is called "River of Egypt", but geographically, this is not the Nile.
    – DanF
    May 16, 2019 at 19:11
  • I accepted the map, thank you, though I think the verse you brought is completely unnecessary it adds nothing to the answer.
    – Al Berko
    May 16, 2019 at 19:16

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