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Imagining the Holy Land: Maps, Models, and Fantasy Travels [Hardcover]

By Burke O. Long (Author)
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The photographs, maps, travelers' accounts, and physical reconstructions that are the subject of this book once fired the popular imagination with fantasies of a place called "the Holy Land." It was a singular space of religious imagining, multilayered and charged with symbolism. As Burke O. Long shows, there are many holy lands, and they have been visualized in many ways since the 19th century. At the Chautauqua Institute in New York, visitors could walk down Palestine Avenue to "Palestine" and a model of Jerusalem, or along North Avenue to a scale model of the "Jewish Tabernacle." At the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904, a replica of Ottoman Jerusalem covered 11 acres, while 300 miles to the southeast a seven-story-high Christ of the Ozarks stood above a modern re-creation of the Holy Land set in the Arkansas hills. For home viewing, there were tours of the Holy Land via stereoscopic photographs, books such as Picturesque Palestine, and numerous accounts by travelers whose visions of the Holy Land shaped and were shaped by American forms of Christianity and Judaism.

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Studio: Indiana University Press
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.94" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   1.16 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 12, 2002
Publisher   Indiana University Press
ISBN  0253341361  
ISBN13  9780253341365  

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Burke O. Long is William R. Kenan Research Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College and author of a number of studies of the Bible and biblical scholarship, including most recently Planting and Reaping Albright: Politics, Ideology, and Interpreting the Bible.

Burke O. Long currently resides in the state of Maine. Burke O. Long has an academic affiliation as follows - Bowdoin College.

Burke O. Long has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Forms of the Old Testament Literature

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Middle Eastern
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Religious
3Books > Subjects > History > Middle East > General
4Books > Subjects > History > Middle East > Israel
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity
7Books > Subjects > Travel > Middle East > Israel > General
8Books > Subjects > Travel > Middle East > Israel

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Piety and Politics in Imagining the Holy Land  Mar 27, 2003
The photographs, maps, travelers' accounts, physical reconstructions, and studies of the Bible that are the subject of this book once fired popular fantasies of the Holy Land. Nineteenth century visitors to the Chautauqua Institution used to walk through a large scale model of biblical Palestine, sometimes tucking a blade of grass into their pockets or purses. You can still take a tour and listen to Sunday evening lectures there. At the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904, a replica of Jerusalem covered eleven acres while today, some 300 miles to the southeast, a seven story high Christ of the Ozarks looks over a modern re-creation of the Holy Land set in the hills of Arkansas. For home viewing there were tours via stereoscopic photographs, lavishly illustrated books such as Picturesque Palestine, and the reports of scholars who passed through the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. All reached for an illusory touch of the "real" in the midst of fantasies about the Holy Land, as may still be seen in a reader friendly book written by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan Reed, Excavating Jesus. These competing visions of the Holy Land were, and are, shaped by forms of Christianity and Judaism, and entangled with various political and ideological debates at home in America.

David Gunn, Bradford Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University wrote that Imagining the Holy Land is "remarkable and important...not only pertinent to an understanding of biblical criticism and popular culture in America...but crucially important to a nuanced understanding of American public discourse about Middle Eastern affairs today."


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