I remember a while back when the State of Israel was evacuating the Gush Katif, there was some talk about this, but i don't remember what was said. All I remember is that there was a question whether Gush Katif was part of biblical israel. Is this true?

Are there any sources which discuss this?

  • You mean the Gush Katif settlement location specifically or Gaza more generally?
    – Yishai
    Jun 25, 2015 at 14:03
  • This is a vague question. "Biblical" border definitions changed a lot, if you are including all of Tana"ch. If you narrow it down to the Torah's definition at the end of Bamidbar, we have some specific comparison to answer your question. Even then, the Torah does mention "expansion". Please narrow down what you mean by "Biblical".
    – DanF
    Jun 25, 2015 at 14:29
  • dupe? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/5701/759
    – Double AA
    Jun 25, 2015 at 14:42
  • @DoubleAA I don't see it. This Q asks whether a specific place was within that border, not how the borders, in general, were defined.
    – DanF
    Jun 25, 2015 at 14:52
  • @DanF Knowing the borders tells you what's in and what's out for all places. Any answer to that answers this.
    – Double AA
    Jun 25, 2015 at 15:09

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Rabbi Hershel Schachter has a yutorah mp3 on the Gaza Disengagement.

The southern Biblical border described in the end of Numbers is "Nachal Mitzrayim", generally understood to be Wadi-al-Arish; by that definition, Gush Katif would be included.

The borders listed in the Mishna in Gittin reflect which parts of the land were consecrated during the times of Ezra, which affect agricultural laws today. The southern border on those is Ashkelon, and by that definition Gush Katif wouldn't be included.

  • The 3rd paragraph doesn't really answer the O.P.'s question as he specified "Biblical", which I assume means only Torah Shebichtav
    – DanF
    Jun 25, 2015 at 14:54
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    @DanF He answers OP's question "Biblically" in the second paragraph and provides contrasting, relevant information in the third. Seems to be a perfect answer to me. Jun 25, 2015 at 15:59
  • As I just commented above, during the period of the nevi'im, the whole Gaza area was outside of E"Y. @DanF, that is part of the Bible, even though many use that term to refer only to Torah, as opposed to Tana"ch. Jun 25, 2015 at 16:08