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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aris & Phillips; 3Rev Ed edition (1 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856687103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856687105
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Egeria who was probably a Spanish nun visited the Holy Land only some fifty years after the reign of Constantine. Her's is thus the earliest surviving account of the Holy Land. Her description with a loving attention to detail of the Holy Places and particularly of Jerusalem make her the prime source for early Christian pilgrimage and worship. John Wilkinson's well-known book has been completely updated and revised to take account of recent archaeology and scholarship. A wealth of information is included about Egeria, her journey and early liturgy.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. W. Forbes on 17 Mar. 2009
I took this slim volume with me on a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Egeria's own descriptions were as ever insightful, quirky and fascinating; and the translation gives her full rein. Her personal take on Church practice is professional and exact - and even at this distance through time her personal passion about sharing her experiences with her home community shines through, bringing vibrant life to what might otherwise be merely an historical source document.
This edition is also augmented with a finely drawn series of illustrtions which even in the field made otherwise abstruse archaeology relatively easy to figure.
I ended up presenting my copy to our Israeli Guide: and she too was thrilled.
Did I mention - it's also ENTERTAINING!!
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Acquired this to get my first glimpse of the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross. A piece of light reading for Lent. Pity I have not yet finished it. Fascinating, scholarly, full of arcane detail but not exactly page turning when you are tired.
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By ralphy on 6 July 2013
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It is interesting to see how it was easier for a single woman like Egeria to travel to the Near East in the 4th century, than it is for a single woman to do likewise today. The exploits of these 4th century tourists (pilgrims) are remarkable.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Barry on 10 Aug. 2009
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Got this for my girlfriend to help research for her Masters thesis. The delivery was quick and the book was in mint condition. Can't comment on content having not read it!
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Surprising Find! 19 Jun. 2008
By Michael L. Russo - Published on Amazon.com
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During my research on the Christian sites of the Holy Land, the name "Egeria" surfaced. I located this book on Amazon and when it arrived, I found it to have a wealth of information. This pilgrim kept a detailed diary which she sent to her "Sisters." She is very specific about the sites and liturgies of the Holy Land. Any one looking to learn more about the spiritual devotion in the Holy Land will enjoy this book. Since her diaries were lost, this partial account is all that exists and it is fascinating to read. Further research links her to St. Sylvia.
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Geography Shaped by History 4 Mar. 2010
By Ashley Brasier - Published on Amazon.com
John Wilkinson's translation of "Egeria's Travels" provides a thorough account of Egeria's 4th century pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The travelogue is addressed to Egeria's contemporaries, likely nuns or learned women, who can follow along with the pilgrimage in spirit. Accordingly, Egeria documents the physical and spiritual aspects of her pilgrimage, noting routes and staging posts, but also liturgical details. A close inspection of "Egeria's Travels" reveals how her sense of the land is shaped by Biblical history, and how the Bible serves as a marker of authenticity for the sites that she visits.

Egeria's tendency to link scripture with place is evidenced in her visit to Capernaum, which she describes as "[where] the house of the prince of the apostles has been made into a church, with its original walls still standing. It is where the Lord healed the paralytic" (97). Because the original walls are still standing, and these walls are mentioned in the Bible, Egeria is satisfied in the authenticity of the site. Egeria's linkage between scripture and place also extends to geographical sites. For instance, after describing Capernaum Egeria writes, "And this is the field where the Lord fed the people with the five loaves and the two fishes" (97-98). In this way, Egeria makes geographical features become distinct and infused with meaning, as the land is shaped by her sense of the multiplication miracle. The original landscape is now seen through an emotional lens because of this Biblical connection.

All in all, Egeria's writings offer a detailed travelogue, but more importantly show how the pilgrim's sense of the land is formed by Biblical history. In studying pilgrimage, we must realize that sites of pilgrimage have been selectively identified and infused with meaning based on historical accounts, the marker, and the pilgrim's belief in the marker.
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Wonderful Book! 7 Dec. 2012
By Zchick1836 - Published on Amazon.com
This is an absolutely fascinating book! I'm actually in the process of re-reading it! The amateur archaeologist/theologist in me, is jumping for joy! Nowhere in literature do we get a 1st hand pilgrims account, of the typography of the Holy Land, architectural description, and the liturgical detail, of the early Christian church. This book is a true treasure for all inquisitive and faithful seekers, wanting a realistic peek into the Holy Land, in A.D. 381.
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A Valuable Insight into the World of 381 AD 1 Jan. 2014
By Lawrence West - Published on Amazon.com
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This book not only provides a translation of the surviving reports by Egeria of her travels to her fellow nuns at home in Spain but contains a commentary on the context of her travels, other contempraneous sources and an analysis of her descriptions both of the lands visited and on her accounts of contemporaneous liturgy. Egeria travelled to the Holy Land and Egypt from about 381 to 384 AD. Her accounts are a welcome antidote to modern "scholarship" suggesting that the New Testament statements of fact and the location of events are somehow recent inventions. There are also surprises. Egeria relates as if it were commonplace that she was escorted at times by detachments of the Roman Army. She also describes a liturgy of mind=blowing length and complexity but which still resonates with the modern Catholic litiurgy.
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A+ 16 Nov. 2012
By Marcos E. Ruiz Rivero - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book, if you wish to understand pilgrims to the Holy Land in the 4th C. I highly recommend it,
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