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Pilgrims

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246955.003.0061

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Pilgrims

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Before the time of Constantine, Christian pilgrimage was rare and individual, and the ancient Church did not think of particular places being numinous in separation from the holy men and women associated with them. Nevertheless, pilgrimages to Jerusalem and other places in the Holy Land and Sinai became more common. In the 380s, Egeria, a rich lady from northern Spain, left a valuable account of her travels in the region. The shrines of Peter and Paul became the magnets for pilgrimages to Rome. Pilgrimage attracted critics, who stressed its dangers and its purely optional nature: it was not a Christian duty and its value depended on the pilgrim's devout state of mind.

Keywords: Egeria; Jerusalem; pilgrimage; Rome

Chapter.  2116 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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