Tierra bendita y divina

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"Tierra bendita y divina"

Jaffa Gate and Tower of David.jpg

The Jaffa Gate possibly inspired a line of the hymn from Cuba.
English "Blessed and Divine Land"
Genre Hymn
Text anon
Language Spanish
Melody by Robert C. Savage
Published 1954 (1954)

"Tierra bendita y divina" (English: "Blessed and Divine Land"), also known as "Tierra de la Palestina" (English: "Land of Palestine"), is a traditional Spanish language Christian hymn derived from Cuba and composed by Robert C. Savage in 1954. [1] It describes the land of Palestine and the details of Jesus' life, and refers to certain historical Israelite places: the Western Wall, the Mount of Beatitudes, and the Jaffa Gate.

Spanish language Romance language

Spanish or Castilian, is a Western Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.

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Lyrical controversy

On the line, "Tierra bendita y divina, es la de Palestina", the Holy Land is referred to as Palestine. The origin of the name "Palestine" translates in Hebrew Pəléshseth (פלשת), which refers to the kingdom of Philistia: arch-enemy of Israel and west of the Kingdom of Judah.

Palestine (region) geographical region in the Middle East

Palestine is a geographic region in Western Asia usually considered to include Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and in some definitions, some parts of western Jordan.

Philistia state of the Philistines (Levant, Near East)

Philistia was a geo-political region occupied by the Philistines. Its northern boundary was the Yarkon River with the Mediterranean on its the west, Judah to the east and the Wadi El-Arish to the south. Philistia was comprised ofthe Five Lords of the Philistines, described in Joshua 13:3 and 1 Samuel 6:17, comprising Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, Gath, and Gaza, in the south-western Levant.

Israel country in the Middle East

Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.


These are the lyrics in Spanish:

The line "Y en tus hermoso olivares," refers to the Olive trees of Israel. Gethsemane.jpg
The line "Y en tus hermoso olivares," refers to the Olive trees of Israel.
Spanish lyrics:
Tierra bendita y divina
es la de Palestina
donde nació Jesús;
Eres, de las naciones, cumbre
bañada por la lumbre
que derramó su luz.
Eres la historia inolvidable,
Porque en tu seno se derramó
La sangre, preciosa sangre,
Del unigénito Hijo de Dios.
Cuenta la historia del pasado
que en tu seno sagrado
vivió el Salvador,
Y en tus hermoso olivares,
habló a los millares
la palabra de amor.
Quedan en ti testigos mudos,
que son los viejos muros
de la Jerusalén;
Viejas paredes ya destruidas,
que si tuvieran vida,
nos hablarían bien.
English translation:
Blessed and divine land
is that of Palestine
where Jesus was born;
You are the summit of all nations
bathed by the fire
that His light has shed
You are the unforgettable story,
For in thy bosom spilled
The blood, the precious blood
Of the only-begotten son of God.
Ancient history has it
That in thy sacred bosom
The Saviour lived,
And in your beautiful olive groves,
He spoke to thousands of people
The word of love.
Silent witnesses are in you,
Which are those old walls
of Jerusalem;
Old walls since destroyed,
That if they were alive,
Would tell us the story.

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  1. "Tierra bendita y divina" - Composer Robert C. Savage, himnescristians.com Retrieved February 08, 2011.