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Bibil Identifier bibil:223502
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) From Traveler's Descriptions of the Holy Land to the Survey of Western Palestine
Title (English, ) An Integrative Approach for the Study of Sacred Sites in the Galilee
Author Lissovsky, Nurit
Journal Revue des études juives (Volume: 171, Issue: 1-2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 61-102 Pages
Genre Original
Notes Comprend 14 ill.
Abstract Ancient sacred sites that are still functioning are usually closed to archeological excavations, which might otherwise have revealed their history by exposing their early strata. The present article investigates the history and development of a series of sacred sites in the Lower and Upper Galilee. The sites selected for the study are believed to be the burial places of well-known Jewish sages. The selection of the sites is qualified by two aspects: (a) Detailed descriptions left by ancient travelers; (b) an unequivocal identification on the ground. The article suggests a new approach for the study of sacred sites by integrating the evidence of the ancient sources, descriptions left by researchers who visited them in modern times, old photographs, and a close look at the sites today. It seeks to demonstrate that a combination of these observations enables scholars to trace the stages of the sites’ development — or indeed to demonstrate that certain travelers’ descriptions refer to a different site rather than to the site identified today.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (C - G) : Galilee
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements
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