Imagining the Holy Land

Imagining the Holy Land

Maps, Models, and Fantasy Travels
Burke O. Long
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/12/2002
Format: Hardback 50 b&w photos, 3 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34136-5
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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.

Author Bio

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.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

1. Lakeside at Chautauqua's Holy Land
2. Starred and Striped Holy Lands
3. Parlor Tours of the Holy Land
4. Landscapes of Democracy
5. Mapmakers and Their Holy Lands
Epilogue: A Touch of the Real
Select Bibliography