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Evangelical Volunteers in Israel as Long-Term Pilgrims: Ambassadors for the Kingdom
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University.
2016 (English)In: Pilgrimage and Tourism to Holy Cities: Ideological and Management Perspectives / [ed] M. Leppäkari & K. A. Griffin, Wallingford: CABI Publishing, 2016, Vol. s. 161-174, p. 161-174Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Drawing from several years of field work and about 30 life story interviews,this chapter presents a case of contemporary evangelical mobility that cannotbe squarely placed within any of the related academic debates about ‘(religious)tourism’, ‘pilgrimage’, ‘short-term missions’, ‘international volunteering’ or ‘migration’ simply because it is intrinsically related to all these phenomena at the same time. Pro-Zionist Evangelical Christians come to Jerusalem from all parts of the world; some of them as part of biblical tours, some for Christian conferences or for Hebrew courses and yet others come as volunteers.This latter group is engaged in what often looks like secular humanitarian work, or sometimes even political activism, but explains these activities almost exclusively in religious terms. Initially, they come for a short period of time but often end up staying in Jerusalem for 10 years or more. What looks like a temporary adventure often turns out to be something more akin to a ‘way of life’. Thus, I will explore this phenomenon as a case of ‘long-term pilgrimage’ in order to discuss the religious meanings that the volunteers attach to their time in Israel, the practices that they are involved in and to the place itself. Apart from providing more data on contemporary religiously motivated travel patterns I hope that this case will prove useful in reconsidering the traditional boundaries between ‘tourism’, ‘volunteer work’ and ‘pilgrimage’, and perhaps also illuminate something of the underlying theoretical quagmires about the relationship between ‘the secular’ and ‘the religious’.

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Wallingford: CABI Publishing, 2016. Vol. s. 161-174, p. 161-174
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-46305ISBN: 9781780647388 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-46305DiVA, id: diva2:1353666
Available from: 2019-09-23 Created: 2019-09-23 Last updated: 2019-09-23Bibliographically approved

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