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By Jackie Feldman

ISBN-10: 0253021375

ISBN-13: 9780253021373

For lots of Evangelical Christians, a visit to the Holy Land is a vital part of practising their religion. Arriving in teams, every one of these pilgrims are guided through Jewish Israeli journey courses. For greater than 3 a long time, Jackie Feldman—born into an Orthodox Jewish relatives in ny, now an Israeli citizen, pupil, and authorized guide—has been major excursions, analyzing Biblical landscapes, and fielding questions on faith and present politics. during this booklet, he attracts on pilgrimage and tourism reports, his personal studies, and interviews with different courses, Palestinian drivers and shuttle brokers, and Christian pastors to ascertain the complicated interactions during which courses and travelers "co-produce" the Bible Land. He uncovers the implicit politics of go back and forth brochures and non secular souvenirs. Feldman asks what it skill while 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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23 Most pilgrims have come to confirm their faith rather than challenge it. They want to see the place where David was, not receive a lesson in the politics of tourism. How, then, is one now to guide in such a place? It’s hard to speak back to power without raising your voice. A Rabbi for the Gentiles It’s been more than thirty years since I first took the microphone on a tour bus. Over time, I learned to step back and shut up when hearing things I didn’t like and felt I couldn’t change. I also learned where and when I could introduce a grain of doubt into the shell of the tour and get away with it.

Pages in length, is often printed on glossy paper and posted on church websites. It is a complex document negotiated by pastoral group leaders, travel agents in the pilgrims’ home country, and local Israeli or Palestinian tour agents. It is a contract (both legal and spiritual), list of travel tips, advertisement, schedule, mission statement, and platform for devotional preaching, all rolled into one. While some groups rarely refer to the itinerary, others employ it as a kind of “bible” or contract, calling guides to account for any deviation from the printed schedule.

For Evangelicals – from the United States but also from Brazil and Nigeria – a voyage to the Holy Land is becoming an integral part of Christian practice and discourse. Most of these pilgrims come in organized groups and are guided by government-licensed Jewish-Israeli tour guides. I have been a licensed guide for more than three decades; for more than twenty years, such groups provided me with my daily bread. The pilgrims I guided and studied came with their Bibles, their hymnals, and their faith but also with the images of conflict and violence broadcast on the evening news.

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