the promised land

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the promised land

A place, destination, or goal eagerly sought under the belief that it will bring success, happiness, or fulfilment. The phrase comes from the Biblical description of Canaan, the land promised to the Israelites. You gotta move out West, dude. It's the promised land out here. We close this deal and we reach the promised land, partner.
See also: land, promise

the promised ˈland

a place or situation in which people expect to find happiness, wealth, freedom etc: For millions of people in Europe, the USA was seen as the promised land.The Prime Minister’s speech seemed to suggest that we had already reached the promised land.This expression comes from the Bible and refers to the land that God promised the Israelites.
See also: land, promise

promised land, the

A place or time of ultimate happiness; paradise or heaven. The term comes from the Bible, in which God promises the land of Canaan to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants (Genesis 12:7). Later, the name became attached to the Holy Land (“The land of repromission, that men calles the Holy Land,” Sir John Maundeville, Travels, ca. 1400), and still later it was extended to any place viewed as wonderful (“To all these exiled sects America was the land of promise,” William Hepworth Dixon, William Penn, 1851) as well as to heaven. In modern times Israel is often called the promised land for Jews.
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Although extremely rudimentary, this three-pronged approach is not improbable and brings us to the conclusion that the Promised Land is nothing other than the human being transfigured in the image of a humanity constantly being challenged and never complete.
THE plight of the immigrants which we see daily in our newspapers and on news bulletins on television remind me of the story of Moses leading the exodus to the promised land.
One wonders whether the aforementioned events that happened were coincidental to the diplomatic efforts to pressure Israel to give away a portion of the Promised Land for the creation of the Palestinian state.
Yorke is proud to announce the release of her novel, “Compass: The Journey of the Soul from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Lois Haslam, a General Synod member from Chester diocese, speaking in the debate over the legislation, said: "I feel something like what Moses must have felt as he approached the promised land.
The Promised Land on Windsor Place in Cardiff - just off busy Queen Street - has been empty since it closed at the beginning of last year.
On this morning when a Jew was stabbed to death, imagine how it feels to be arrested for saying the aAleinua prayer, which tradition holds was written by Joshua when he entered the Promised Land.
King begins his address with the assertion that he would choose no other time in which to live or lead, and ends with the affirmation that he has "seen the promised land.
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Combining American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists and political activists, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a brief historical overview, a striking media comparison, and an examination of factors that have distorted U.
Mr Salmond would do well to remember that Moses was not allowed to cross into the promised land and the voters in Scotland will not allow Salmond to have his "promised" land either.
But after reading Pribble's delightful Pitching in the Promised Land they seemed like old teammates.
To offer thematic coherence to the collection, he asked the writers to engage somehow with the idea of the Promised Land.
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