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The Israelites had to conquer or settle in Canaan (the biblical name for Palestine), known as the "Promised Land", twice. This took place under Abraham, the progenitor of Israel (and incidentally also of the Arabs) around 2000 to 1900 and under Moses after forty years of wandering in the desert around 1300 to 1200 B.C. Historical research is not unanimous as to whether the two people actually lived or are rather only legendary figures. In any case, Moses died after reaching the destination without having entered it. At the border, Moses received orders from Yahweh to scout out the land of Canaan that he had intended for the Israelites. There they came to a wadi (torrent valley) near Hebron. This is written in the book of Numbers as follows (13.22 ff): It was just the time of the first grapes. When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a vine there with a bunch of grapes, which they carried two by two on a pole, along with some pomegranates and figs. The grape (Hebrew eshkol = grape) must therefore have been huge. According to unverifiable hypothesis, today's grape variety Neheleschol is supposed to be a descendant.

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