In this Book

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. How Guiding Christians Made Me Israeli
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Guided Holy Land Pilgrimage—Sharing the Road
  2. pp. 17-36
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  1. 3. Opening Their Eyes: Performance of a Shared Protestant-Israeli Bible Land
  2. pp. 37-63
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  1. 4. Christianizing the Conflict: Bethlehem and the Separation Wall
  2. pp. 64-90
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  1. 5. The Goods of Pilgrimage: Tips, Souvenirs, and the Moralities of Exchange
  2. pp. 91-115
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  1. 6. The Seductions of Guiding Christians
  2. pp. 116-142
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  1. 7. Conclusion: Pilgrimage, Performance, and the Suspension of Disbelief
  2. pp. 143-154
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-178
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  1. References
  2. pp. 179-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-206
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 207
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253021489
Related ISBN
9780253021250
MARC Record
OCLC
945034084
Pages
222
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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