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By Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony

This cutting edge research sheds new mild on essentially the most astonishing adjustments to happen in past due antiquity—the upward push of pilgrimage everywhere in the Christian world—by atmosphere the phenomenon opposed to the broad heritage of the political and theological debates of the time. Asking how the rising concept of a sacred geography challenged the top intellectuals and ecclesiastical gurus, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony deftly reshapes our figuring out of early Christian mentalities by means of unraveling the method during which a territory of grace grew to become a territory of energy.

Examining historical writers' responses to the emerging perform of pilgrimage, Bitton-Ashkelony bargains a nuanced studying in their pondering at the advantages and the demerits of pilgrimage, revealing theological and ecclesiastical motivations which have been ignored, 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 photograph of the rising theology of panorama that took form over the fourth to 6th centuries.

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