God's People: Covenant and Land in South Africa, Israel and Ulster

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God's People: Covenant and Land in South Africa, Israel and Ulster

By Donald Harman Akenson
Cornell University Press, 1992
393 pp. $29.95
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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.