Pilgrimage Guides to the Holy Land

Past and Present

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  • 1 Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel yfried36@gmail.com
  • 2 Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, Italy shulamit.furstenberg@gmail.com
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Abstract

Based on pilgrimage diaries (Itineraria), this article investigates the roles of historical and contemporary Holy Land guides, looking at how the historical documents, both descriptive and prescriptive, can be viewed as embodying the seeds of the comprehensive roles assumed by current live pilgrimage guides. Our study charted a shift over the centuries from minimal collaboration among separate guides who fulfilled the functions of pathfinder and mentor to closer collaboration among them. In contemporary Catholic pilgrimages, this process has led to a single priest-guide who combines several functions.

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