Christian Holy Land Pilgrimage as an Interreligious Encounter

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Pilgrim itineraries often promote trips to the Holy Land so that pilgrims may see where Jesus walked, make the Bible more real, and strengthen their Christian faith. I suggest, however, that Christian pilgrimage may also be an interreligious and intercultural encounter. The environmental bubble of the guided group pilgrimage encloses not only the Christian pilgrim and his pastor but often the Jewish-Israeli guide as well. In such groups, Christian pilgrims’ initial religious views may be confirmed or challenged through the guide’s presentation of Christian holy sites, the Bible, and his own life history. Guides may struggle with their attraction to and repulsion from Christianity and their own Jewish commitments in the course of shepherding pilgrims through the Land.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterreligious Relations and the Negotiation of Ritual Boundaries
Subtitle of host publicationExplorations in Interrituality
EditorsMarianne Moyaert
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030057015
ISBN (Print)9783030057008
StatePublished - Aug 2019

Publication series

NameInterreligious Studies in Theory and Practice
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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