in Encountering the Sacred

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931121 | DOI:

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Christian pilgrimage in the late antiquity was an expression of basically similar religious phenomena that progressed in the third and fourth centuries in Christian societies. Pilgrimage encompasses various centers of holiness throughout the late-antique Christian world. Hence, Jerusalem and the holy places in Palestine are not the sole focus of this discussion. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land often aroused a negative reaction ranging from strong denunciation to ambivalence to mere apathy. The expectations of some believers varied with the type of pilgrimage. The curiosity of pilgrims in late antiquity is not to be compared with the late Middle Ages, when the devotional practice of pilgrimage and the vice of curiosity became closely identified, as Christian Zacher has pointed out in his Curiosity and Pilgrimage.

Keywords: pilgrimage; Christian; Jerusalem; Palestine; Holy Land

Chapter.  14278 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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