Pilgrimage to Jerusalem: Christians, Jews and Muslims

International conference to be held at the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem on December 5th and 6th, 2017

Jerusalem is a city holy to  three world religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. From the Byzantine period, Christian pilgrimage here and to other holy sites became a mass phenomenon  after Saint Helen was said to have miraculously discovered the ‘True Cross of Christ’, and her son Constantine the Great had built churches in this area. Thousands of Christian believers made their way to holy sites in Palestine, Egypt and other places in order to physically experience salvation history and seek divine intervention in their lives.

Numerous travel reports, pilgrim guides and other written sources highlight important aspects of pilgrimage. In addition, many well-preserved churches, monasteries, hostels and other buildings, as well as rich archaeological findings, provide us with a vivid and synthetic picture of the history of pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In the course of these religiously motivated journeys, people of the three ‘religions of the book’ came into contact and interacted in a multitude of ways.

This three-day conference will explore the concrete aspects of pilgrimage, with a strong focus on the material record, including archaeology. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction between the three ‘religions of the book’ in the course of Holy Land pilgrimage. The conference will include a field trip on December 7th for the participants.

The conference will be organised by a steering committee comprising:

Prof. Dr Gideon Avni, Israel Antiquities Authority

Prof. Dr Falko Daim, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz, Germany

Prof. Dr Benjamin Kedar, Israel Academy of Science, Jerusalem

Prof. Dr Johannes Pahlitzsch, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany

Prof. Dr Joseph Patrich, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Dr. Amnon Ramon, Yad Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem

Prof. Dr Claudia Rapp, Austrian Academy of Sience, Vienna, Austria

Dr. Jon Seligman, Israel Antiquities Authority

 

Umzeichnung des berühmten Bodenmosaiks von Madaba (Abb.: M. Ober/RGZM).

Umzeichnung des berühmten Bodenmosaiks von Madaba (Abb.: M. Ober/RGZM).

5. Dezember 2017, 09:00 Uhr
- 7. Dezember 2017

Venue:

Yad Yizhak Ben Zvi
14 Ibn Gabirol
Jerusalem 9107601
Israel

Programme

Registration: jessica.schmidt@rgzm.de