First of all, one must realize that a nation is defined by the people and the country (state) is defined by its political boundaries. The nations of Judah and Israel, having been scattered around the globe for centuries but not fully assimilated because of their faith, were constantly persecuted, to death in many instances. Being out of options except to return "home," then stand and fight, two firsts in the history of mankind took place. With the plow in one hand, and the sword in the other, a neglected land was resurected, wars and battles fought and won at great expense and investment of life and effort. The two firsts were the rebirth of a dead national state, and the second, which continues today, even in distant lands, is the resurection of a "dead" language. If this story is read with one eye on the story and one eye on Biblical prophesy, it will have a great impact and offer strong evidence that the hand of Almighty God is still hard at work in the affairs of men willing to work and fight for justice. "EXODUS" is not a particularly religious work, but for the religious man or woman, Jewish or Christian who understands the Judaic roots of Christianity, the story can have very deep religious significance.