Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Late-antique pilgrimages to the Holy Land

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: Pilgrims’ Progress to Byzantine Jerusalem. Ancient pilgrimages to the Holy Land (Megan Sauter).
Jerusalem has been revered as a holy city for millennia—with pilgrims a staple feature in its bustling streets. Egeria’s Travels and the journals of the Bordeaux Pilgrim and the Piacenza Pilgrim demonstrate that this was as true in the Byzantine period as it is today.
In the September/October 2014 issue of BAR, “After Hadrian’s Banishment: Jews in Christian Jerusalem” examines the diverse population of Byzantine Jerusalem. Despite being banned from living in Jerusalem after the Bar-Kokhba Revolt (132–135 A.D.), Jews were once again living in the city by the Byzantine period.
The BAR article is an adaptation by Hershel Shanks of "a lengthy scholarly study by Professors Yoram Tsafrir and Leah di Segni of Hebrew University in Liber Annuus, published by the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum." As usual, the BAR article remains behind the subscription wall. But the BHD essay is a summary of and introduction to it and is itself informative.

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