Explorations in a Christian Theology of Pilgrimage
Many Christians go on pilgrimage, whether to Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago, or some other destination, but few think hard about it from the perspective of their faith. This book fills that gap, looking at the biblical and theological elements in pilgrimage...
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Many Christians go on pilgrimage, whether to Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago, or some other destination, but few think hard about it from the perspective of their faith. This book fills that gap, looking at the biblical and theological elements in pilgrimage and asking how we could do pilgrimage differently.Exploring the current resurgence of pilgrimage from a Christian viewpoint, this book seeks to articulate a theology of pilgrimage for today. Examination of pilgrimage in the Old and New Testaments provides a grounding for thinking through pilgrimage theologically. Literary, missiological and sociological perspectives are explored, and the book concludes by examining how such a theology could change our practice of pilgrimage today, raising such questions as how tourism to the Holy Land should reflect the situation in the region today. Pilgrims, students and all interested in contemporary pilgrimage will find this accessible book a valuable articulation of the different elements in a Christian theology of pilgrimage.
Craig G. Bartholomew (Ph.D., University of Bristol) is H. Evan Runner Chair in Philosophy at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.
He is the author of Reading Ecclesiastes: Old Testament Exegesis and Hermeneutical Theory; Ecclesiastes (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series); Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today
He is also co-author of The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads: Introduction to Christian Worldview with Michael W. Goheen. He has also edited In the Fields of the Lord: A Calvin Seerveld Reader and co-edited Christ and Consumerism: A Critical Analysis of the Spirit of the Age. He is the series editor for the Scripture and Hermeneutics Series (8 volumes).
- Contents: Preface; Introduction, Craig Bartholomew And Robert Llewelyn; Jesus, Jerusalem And Pilgrimage Today, Kenneth Cragg. Part 1 Biblical Perspectives On Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage And 'place': An Old Testament View, Gordon Mcconville; Pilgrimage And The New Testament, Andrew T. Lincoln; Paul And Pilgrimage, Steve Motyer. Part 2 Historical Perspectives On Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage In The Early Church, Peter Walker; Medieval Patterns Of Pilgrimage: A Mirror For Today?, Dee Dyas; Protestants And Pilgrimage, Graham Tomlin; Louis Massignon, The Seven Sleepers Of Ephesus And The Christian-muslim Pilgrimage At Vieux-marche, Brittany, Anthony O'mahony. Part 3 Theological Perspectives On Pilgrimage: A Theology Of Eucharistic Place: Pilgrimage As Sacramental, Peter Scott; Pilgrimage And Mission, Martin Robinson; The Pilgrim And The Tourist: Zygmunt Bauman And Postmodern Identity, Derek Tidball; Journeying On: A Concluding Reflection, Craig Bartholomew; Index.