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On pilgrimage with biblical women in their land(s)

Elaine M. Wainwright
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a918 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.918 | © 2011 Elaine M. Wainwright | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Elaine M. Wainwright, School of Theology, University of Auckland, New Zealand Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa, New Zealand

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Recent sociological and anthropological studies have provided models for examining pilgrimage both in its ancient and contemporary manifestations. Such models can facilitate an examination of the phenomenon of study tours to biblical lands and the multivalence of the discourses associated with such tours. The first part of the article engaged critically with the literature in order to open up some frameworks for examining the study tour to biblical lands. Feminist critical biblical scholarship with its potential for a feminist hermeneutic of creative imagination contributes to the multivalence around the study tour. Therefore, the second part of the article engaged this scholarship in relation to an imagined tour with women of the biblical lands. The article highlighted significant issues for consideration for those planning a study tour of biblical lands, especially in terms of the consideration that ought to be paid to gender.


Pilgrimage; Study Tour; Religious Tourism; Gender; Women; Feminist Hermeneutics of Creative Articulation


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