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, almost all these pilgrims are guided by way of Jewish Israeli travel courses. For greater than 3 many years, Jackie Feldman—born into an Orthodox Jewish relations in ny, now an Israeli citizen, pupil, and certified guide—has been top excursions, analyzing Biblical landscapes, and fielding questions on faith and present politics. during this ebook, he attracts on pilgrimage and tourism reports, his personal reports, and interviews with different publications, Palestinian drivers and go back and forth brokers, and Christian pastors to check the complicated interactions during which courses and travelers "co-produce" the Bible Land. He uncovers the implicit politics of trip 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 knowing of himself and his perspectives of faith.
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102 As for the pilgrims’ reception, though I have done my best to record the questions of the pilgrim sitting in the tenth row, this book is primarily a view Guided Holy Land Pilgrimage | 35 from the front of the bus. Recently, Hillary Kaell and Donna Young have provided two poignant views from the back of the tour bus. 104 I believe, however, that my own conflicted choices and life circumstances and my experience guiding groups of many nationalities and denominations will reveal things along the road that might otherwise escape the sight of the pilgrim, even one who has been to the Holy Land several times.
Pastor Carley Kendrick references the Biblical story of David and Goliath at the overlook of the Elah Valley. © Salem Bible College and Thiessen Photography. Used by permission. ” 5 Beginning in the nineteenth century, however, Protestants of various denominations began to come in increasing numbers, to test and conﬁrm the topographical truths of scripture. The increasing ease and safety of travel to the Holy Land, the rise in disposable income, and the greater familiarity of the Protestant faithful with the accounts of returning pilgrims led to an upsurge in Protestant pilgrimage.
I then provide examples of shared Zionist-Protestant practices through orientation narratives in four spaces with different distributions of power: the panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, the tour bus at Ben Gurion Airport, the excavations of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, and the beginning of the Via Dolorosa. Each of these spaces offers its own 37 38 | A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land opportunities and challenges and evokes other strategies on the part of the guide. In each case, I will demonstrate how the guides’ narratives draw on historically embedded, shared Protestant-Zionist social-memory practices, and how those practices enable Jewish-Israeli guides and Protestant pilgrims to strengthen their commonality and sacralize the landscape.
A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land: How Christian Pilgrims Made Me Israeli by Jackie Feldman