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God's People: Covenant and Land in South Africa, Israel and Ulster
God's People: Covenant and Land in South Africa, Israel and Ulster
By Donald Harman Akenson
Cornell University Press, 1992, 393 pp

This erudite book is premised on an intriguing, and what should be controversial, notion: certain peoples believe they have a special covenant with God. These people maintain that the land they struggled to obtain is theirs by divine right, if their covenant with the all-powerful Maker is kept. According to Akenson, a Canadian historian, this is what is perceived by the Afrikaaners, the Ulster-Scots and the Israelis. When a nation's very existence and raison d'être is believed by its citizens to be based on a cultural and religous covenant with God, dealing with it may not always be easy.