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By Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony

This leading edge research sheds new mild on the most incredible alterations to happen in overdue antiquity—the upward thrust of pilgrimage everywhere in the Christian world—by surroundings the phenomenon opposed to the large heritage of the political and theological debates of the time. Asking how the rising inspiration of a sacred geography challenged the prime intellectuals and ecclesiastical professionals, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony deftly reshapes our knowing of early Christian mentalities through unraveling the method wherein a territory of grace grew to become a territory of energy.

Examining historical writers' responses to the emerging perform of pilgrimage, Bitton-Ashkelony deals a nuanced studying in their considering at the advantages and the demerits of pilgrimage, revealing theological and ecclesiastical motivations which were missed, and wondering the long-held assumption of students that pilgrimage was once just a well known, no longer an elite, non secular perform. as well as Greek and Latin assets, she comprises Syriac fabric, which permits her to construct a wealthy photo of the rising theology of panorama that took form over the fourth to 6th centuries.

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