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By Jackie Feldman

For plenty of Evangelical Christians, a visit to the Holy Land is an essential component of practising their religion. Arriving in teams, each one of these pilgrims are guided through Jewish Israeli travel publications. For greater than 3 many years, Jackie Feldman—born into an Orthodox Jewish kin in ny, now an Israeli citizen, pupil, and certified guide—has been prime excursions, analyzing Biblical landscapes, and fielding questions on faith and present politics. during this ebook, he attracts on pilgrimage and tourism reviews, his personal reviews, and interviews with different courses, Palestinian drivers and commute brokers, and Christian pastors to envision the advanced interactions in which courses and travelers "co-produce" the Bible Land. He uncovers the implicit politics of go back and forth brochures and spiritual souvenirs. Feldman asks what it ability while Jewish-Israeli courses get stuck up of their personal performances or perform Christian rituals, and displays on how his interactions with Christian travelers have replaced his figuring out of himself and his perspectives of faith.

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Alternatively, it may lead to disappointment or even rage, when the imagined “home” and the actual world at the site of pilgrimage do not properly align. The distinction between pilgrim space and home space was already noted by the philosopher Philo of Alexandria, a pilgrim to the Temple in Jerusalem two thousand years ago: The Jews dispersed throughout Europe and Asia, he writes, “consider the Holy City as their mother city (metropolis), because in it is the holy Temple of God Most High. 27 Guided Holy Land Pilgrimage | 23 We know very little about Christian pilgrimage in the first three centuries of the Common Era.

Even when players attempt to assume a well-defined role – Christian pilgrim or Jewish guide – the action mode of bodily performance and the significance sedimented in land and Bible pull toward a unity-in-difference. Even profound theological, national, and political differences between the performers that may surface in pilgrimage are a function of the guide’s and group’s ability to inhabit a shared space of significance and performance. 10 Of course, what pilgrims get out of their voyage depends greatly on what they bring with them and on the continuities of the experiences of pilgrimage in their home religious life on their return.

18 The two aspects delineated by Orsi – sociocultural codes and what lies beyond – have elective affinities to two major approaches in the study of religion and space as identified by Kim Knott: One is “a social constructivist approach . . ”19 While phenomenological approaches do not necessarily include the uncanny, they tend to be more receptive to the nonverbal, less reductionist of the sacred. Both approaches are crucial in understanding the authority and the immediacy of the pilgrimage experience.

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