A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land

A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land

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For many Evangelical Christians, a trip to the Holy Land is an integral part of practicing their faith. Arriving in groups, most of these pilgrims are guided by Jewish Israeli tour guides. For more than three decades, Jackie Feldmana€”born into an Orthodox Jewish family in New York, now an Israeli citizen, scholar, and licensed guidea€”has been leading tours, interpreting Biblical landscapes, and fielding questions about religion and current politics. In this book, he draws on pilgrimage and tourism studies, his own experiences, and interviews with other guides, Palestinian drivers and travel agents, and Christian pastors to examine the complex interactions through which guides and tourists qco-produceq the Bible Land. He uncovers the implicit politics of travel brochures and religious souvenirs. Feldman asks what it means when Jewish-Israeli guides get caught up in their own performances or participate in Christian rituals, and reflects on how his interactions with Christian tourists have changed his understanding of himself and his views of religion.I hoped that other tour guides wouldna#39;t arrive at the site and see the embarrassing moment. ... In the dynamic of mutual seduction, Tuvia becomes caught up in his own game, and is unable (or perhaps not entirely unwilling) to pull back.47 As Koepping observes, a€œthe dialectic between awareness and unconsciousness, between playing as active form of enactment and the process of being taken over byanbsp;...

Title:A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land
Author: Jackie Feldman
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2016-04-06

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