and the same punishment is appointed by God for the idols
worshipped as for the idolaters that worship them.
If Jacob had good reasons for not wanting his body to
rest in the soil of Egypt, he had equally good reasons for
wanting it to rest in the Holy Land. In the Messianic time,
when the dead will rise, those buried in Palestine will
awaken to new life without delay, while those buried elsewhere
will first have to roll from land to land through the
earth, hollowed out for the purpose, until they reach the
Holy Land, and only then will their resurrection take place.
But over and beyond this, Jacob had an especial reason for
desiring to have his body interred in Palestine. God had
said to him at Beth-el, "The land whereon thou liest, to
thee will I give it, and to thy seed," and hence he made