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Walking Where Jesus WalkedAmerican Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage$
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Hillary Kaell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738368

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738368.001.0001

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Knowing the Holy Land

Knowing the Holy Land

Sunday School Lessons and the Six O’Clock News

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Walking Where Jesus Walked

Hillary Kaell

NYU Press

Drawing on archival research, this chapter outlines multiple imagined Holy Lands in the Halbwachsian sense: the collective representations in Sunday school lessons, travel narratives, and news media that have colored American Christians' impressions since childhood. Few studies of contemporary pilgrimage offer the overview given here, but it seems an obvious place to begin since this book is an interdisciplinary endeavor and thanks to historians, there is a particularly rich set of sources detailing the production and circulation of Holy Land images between Europe, North America, and Palestine before World War I. The chapter also introduces a discussion about the role of tour industry producers: US companies, the Israel Ministry of Tourism, and local guides.

Keywords:   Holy Land, American Christians, pilgrimage, Sunday school, travel narratives, tour industry

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