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    DescriptionThis innovative study sheds new light on one of the most spectacular changes to occur in late antiquity--the rise of pilgrimage all over the Christian world--by setting the phenomenon against the wide background of the political and theological debates of the time. Asking how the emerging notion of a sacred geography challenged the leading intellectuals and ecclesiastical authorities, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony deftly reshapes our understanding of early Christian mentalities by unraveling the process by which a territory of grace became a territory of power. Examining ancient writers' responses to the rising practice of pilgrimage, Bitton-Ashkelony offers a nuanced reading of their thinking on the merits and the demerits of pilgrimage, revealing theological and ecclesiastical motivations that have been overlooked, and questioning the long-held assumption of scholars that pilgrimage was only a popular, not an elite, religious practice. In addition to Greek and Latin sources, she includes Syriac material, which allows her to build a rich picture of the emerging theology of landscape that took shape over the fourth to sixth centuries.


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    Title
    Encountering the Sacred
    Subtitle
    The Debate on Christian Pilgrimage in Late Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 265
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 463 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520241916
    ISBN 10: 0520241916
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.0
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15440
    BIC subject category V2: HRCR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: RH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: REL070000
    Libri: I-RH
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 56
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 263.041
    BISAC V2.8: REL034010
    DC22: 263.0425694
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 263/.0425694/09015
    LC classification: BV896.P19 B58 2005
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: 2004017179
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVJ1
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    30 December 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is coeditor of Christian Gaza in Late Antiquity (2004).
    Review quote
    "This book is certainly the most important study of early Christian pilgrimage in decades. Lucidly written, far-reaching, and theoretically informed."
    Back cover copy
    "This book is certainly the most important study of early Christian pilgrimage in decades. Lucidly written, far-reaching, and theoretically informed."--David Frankfurter, author of "Religion in Roman Egypt: Assimilation and Resistance
    Table of contents
    Preface Abbreviations Introduction: Pilgrimage in Late Antiquity 1. Basil of Caesarea's and Gregory of Nyssa's Attitudes toward Pilgrimage 2. Jerome's Position on Pilgrimage: Vacillating between Support and Reservations 3. Augustine on Holy Space 4. Pilgrimage in Monastic Culture 5. Local Versus Central Pilgrimage Conclusion Bibliography Primary Sources Secondary Sources Index