The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Pilgrim's progress

Look to local Christians for the true spirit of the Holy Land

In this year 2000, millions of tourists, many of them Christian pilgrims from the United States, are flocking to the Holy Land. It started with Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem at Manger Square, the traditional site of Jesus' birth.

Now, looking toward Holy Week and Easter, the focus turns to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. But Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Mount Sinai also rank high on visitors' itineraries.

All who journey to the Holy Land come with expectations. Most hope to have a special spiritual experience. But too often American visitors are disappointed, even offended, by what actually occurs. Why?

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