Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in Antiquity

Daniel R. Schwartz*

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Jewish pilgrimage to Jerusalem was a massive phenomenon, especially in the last century of the Temple’s existence - the century that began with Herod the Great’s rise to power and ended with the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 ce (Safrai 1981; Goodman 2007: 59-67; Hezser 2011: 374-388). This was a century in which, between the pax Romana that facilitated travel and Herod’s huge investment in the Temple and the city itself - Jerusalem became “by far the most famous city of the Orient” (Pliny, Natural History 5.70). Pilgrimage to it was safer, easier, and more attractive than ever before (Dyma 2009: 332-337).

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook on Jerusalem
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781317385400
ISBN (Print)9781138936935
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 selection and editorial matter, Suleiman A. Mourad, Naomi Koltun-Fromm and Bedross Der Matossian; individual chapters, the contributors.


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