Canaan—the destiny of the Israelites after the Exodus. Although God had created the whole world (Ps. 95: 4 ff.; Isa. 40: 28), he had set apart a special land for the descendants of Abraham (Gen. 12: 2; Deut. 26: 5 ff.). It was not a land to be ruthlessly exploited (Jer. 2: 7), nor was this land essential for worship of Yahweh (Jer. 29: 4 ff.). Similarly, no specific ‘promised land’ was needed for the new Israel, the Christian Church, which is not confined to any particular place or country for its worship (Jas. 1: 1). Modern Zionists regard the State of Israel as falling within the ancient promise of a land.