A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land: How Christian Pilgrims Made Me Israeli

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For many Evangelical Christians, a trip to the Holy Land is an integral part of practicing their faith. Arriving in groups, most of these pilgrims are guided by Jewish Israeli tour guides. For more than three decades, Jackie Feldman—born into an Orthodox Jewish family in New York, now an Israeli citizen, scholar, and licensed guide—has been leading tours, interpreting Biblical landscapes, and fielding questions about religion and current politics. In this book, he draws on pilgrimage and tourism studies, his own experiences, and interviews with other guides, Palestinian drivers and travel agents, and Christian pastors to examine the complex interactions through which guides and tourists "co-produce" the Bible Land. He uncovers the implicit politics of travel brochures and religious souvenirs. Feldman asks what it means when Jewish-Israeli guides get caught up in their own performances or participate in Christian rituals, and reflects on how his interactions with Christian tourists have changed his understanding of himself and his views of religion.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBloomington; Indianapolis
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages222
ISBN (Electronic)9780253021489
ISBN (Print)9780253021373, 9780253021250
StatePublished - Apr 2016


  • Feldman
  • Jackie
  • Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Israel
  • Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages -- West Bank
  • National characteristics
  • Israeli
  • Tour guides (Persons) -- Israel -- Biography
  • Tourism -- Israel
  • Tourism -- Palestinian National Authority
  • Tourism -- West Bank
  • Israel -- Description and travel
  • Israel -- History -- Religious aspects -- Judaism


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