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Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage - North American Religions (Paperback)
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Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage - North American Religions (Paperback)

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Sincethe 1950s, millions of American Christians have traveled to the Holy Land tovisit places in Israel and the Palestinian territories associated with Jesus's lifeand death. Why do these pilgrims choose to journeyhalfway around the world? How dothey react to what they encounter, and how dothey understand the trip upon return? This book places theanswers to these questions into the context of broad historical trends, analyzing howthe growth of mass-market evangelical and Catholic pilgrimagerelates to changes in American Christiantheology and culture over the last sixty years,including shifts in Jewish-Christian relations, the growth of small group spirituality, and the development of a Christianleisure industry.

Drawing on five yearsof research with pilgrims before, during and after their trips, Walking Where Jesus Walked offers a lived religion approach thatexplores the trip's hybrid nature for pilgrims themselves: both ordinary-tiedto their everyday role as the family's ritual specialists, andextraordinary-since they leave home in a dramatic way, often for the firsttime. Their experiences illuminate key tensions in contemporary US Christianitybetween material evidence and transcendent divinity, commoditization andreligious authority, domestic relationships and global experience.

Hillary Kaell crafts the first in-depth study of thecultural and religious significance of American Holy Land pilgrimage after1948. The result sheds light on how Christian pilgrims, especially women, makesense of their experience in Israel-Palestine, offering an important complementto top-down approaches in studies of Christian Zionism and foreign policy.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479831845
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book shows us how Holy Land pilgrimage is embedded in the everyday lives of pilgrims, before and after their trip. But it also does much more. We learn how the Holy Land occupies a powerful place in the American religious imagination, and examine what it means to be Protestant or Catholic in an age of contested modernity."-Simon Coleman,University of Toronto
"Hillary Kaell's Walking Where Jesus Walked sheds a fascinating light on the individual experiences of Christian pilgrims from the United States as they travel to the "Holy Land" of Israel and the Palestinian territories and return home."-American Ethnologist
"Clearly its strengths lie not in generalization or the sociological big picture, but in the personal accounts, richly presented, empathetically caught, and traced over several years with a number of individuals, which form its substance. The result is a revealing, sometimes moving portrait of confronting the `other' and making sense of the events of life in relation to that." -Catholic Historical Review
"With this fine book, readers are treated to a fascinating intellectual journey, following American Catholics and Protestants on pilgrimage, in quest of the place where Jesus walked. Kaell's ethnography reveals who they are, why they go, and what they find. Her answers illuminate the rich intercultural, commercial, and sensory encounters that organize the modern pilgrim's experience. Bolstered by a solid sense of history, clear prose, and an eye for the telling detail, Kaell's account richly contributes to the interdisciplinary study of American religion."-David Morgan,Duke University
"Offers an intimate and searching account of the experience of contemporary American Protestant and Catholic pilgrims to the Holy Land. Kaell made the journeys with them, beginning in their homes as they made the decision to go, and her attentiveness to what the pilgrims-in particular the older women who comprise the majority of such tour groups-told her en route about their lives, their fears and their hopes, gives the book an extraordinary depth of analysis and understanding. Because pilgrims' travels are always as much internal as they are geographical, Walking Where Jesus Walked opens out to examine important questions concerning how women in the United States confront issues of aging, loss, sickness, and shifting family roles and responsibilities. Written with exceptional narrative grace and critical insight, this book is a model of ethnographic research in the study of religion."-Robert A. Orsi,Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies, Northwestern University
"Kaell assembles a thoughtful, well-written, and well-argued study of Christian pilgrimage in the modern US."-Choice
"A fascinating and sensitive look at Catholic and Evangelical Protestant travelers to the biblical origin of their faith."-Marginalia Review of Books

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