By Jackie Feldman
For lots of Evangelical Christians, a visit to the Holy Land is an essential component of training their religion. Arriving in teams, each one of these pilgrims are guided by means of Jewish Israeli journey publications. For greater than 3 a long time, Jackie Feldman—born into an Orthodox Jewish kin in manhattan, now an Israeli citizen, pupil, and authorized guide—has been best excursions, examining Biblical landscapes, and fielding questions about faith and present politics. during this publication, he attracts on pilgrimage and tourism stories, his personal reports, and interviews with different publications, Palestinian drivers and go back and forth brokers, and Christian pastors to ascertain the advanced interactions during which publications and travelers "co-produce" the Bible Land. He uncovers the implicit politics of go back and forth brochures and non secular souvenirs. Feldman asks what it skill whilst Jewish-Israeli publications 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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Chapter 4 shows how political understandings of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are made self-evident through Christian religious language in itineraries, brochures, and guides’ discourses and practices, while competing understandings are silenced. Chapter 5 turns to money and souvenirs, showing how religious and political values are expressed through the material transactions of 36 | A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land pilgrimage. Chapter 6 shifts focus, analyzing how a loosely-tied community of Jewish-Israeli guides struggles with the seductions of Christianity and of their own performances in the course of shepherding pilgrims through the land.
32 Numbers of pilgrims varied widely throughout history, mostly as a function of the safety and ease of access to the Holy Land. From the late thirteenth century on, the mendicant orders led in supplying guides, monopolizing both the choice of the route (“The Holy Circuit”) and its religious interpretation. In 1335, the Franciscans became the custodians of the holy places, placing new emphasis on the Via Dolorosa. 33 They provided spiritual interpretations enacted through ritual, looked after the pilgrims’ technical, touristic needs, and also insulated the pilgrims from the alien environment, minimizing the influence of the ruling Muslim powers.
Pages in length, is often printed on glossy paper and posted on church websites. It is a complex document negotiated by pastoral group leaders, travel agents in the pilgrims’ home country, and local Israeli or Palestinian tour agents. It is a contract (both legal and spiritual), list of travel tips, advertisement, schedule, mission statement, and platform for devotional preaching, all rolled into one. While some groups rarely refer to the itinerary, others employ it as a kind of “bible” or contract, calling guides to account for any deviation from the printed schedule.