By Jackie Feldman
For lots of Evangelical Christians, a visit to the Holy Land is a vital part of training their religion. Arriving in teams, each one of these pilgrims are guided through Jewish Israeli journey courses. For greater than 3 many years, Jackie Feldman—born into an Orthodox Jewish kin in ny, now an Israeli citizen, pupil, and authorized guide—has been best excursions, examining Biblical landscapes, and fielding questions on faith and present politics. during this e-book, he attracts on pilgrimage and tourism reviews, his personal studies, and interviews with different courses, Palestinian drivers and shuttle 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 capacity 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 knowing of himself and his perspectives of faith.
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Extra resources for A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land: How Christian Pilgrims Made Me Israeli
3 Protestants were initially ambivalent toward Holy Land pilgrimage. ”4 Pilgrimage was linked with the Catholic cult of the saints, with popular folk beliefs, and with the medieval system of penance and indulgences – as opposed to the Protestant afﬁrmation of sola scriptura, that the only way to God is through the Word, rather than through the mediation of a priesthood and ritual objects. Furthermore, pilgrimage is a practice involving all the senses – “praying with one’s feet,” rather than strictly through the intellect and a heart moved by listening to the Word.
The guides interviewed included some working in various other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Indonesian) and denominations (Catholic, Orthodox, Mormons, Makuya), as well as several Christian and/or Palestinian guides. Although some of the differences between Holy Land pilgrims and their guides were noted previously, very little ethnography has been published to date, and I hope that this book will encourage others to plow adjacent plots and broaden the field. 101 Yvonne Friedman and I are currently researching Catholic priest-guides.
Guides accompany the groups for the full length of their stay and are responsible for carrying out the itinerary and providing explanations. They direct the bus driver, pay entrance fees, arrange lunch stops, hand out hotel keys, and are responsible for the safety of their group members. The sites (though not all) may be fixed in the itinerary, but the amount of time spent there, the places and objects pointed out, and the story told about them are up to the guide, working together with the group’s spiritual leader.