This volume is a study of the place of the Holy Land in American religious history, thought, and consciousness, and includes sections on American Christians in the Holy Land as well as prominent Jewish personalities in America; Biblical place names in America as well as American place names in Zion; and an annotated bibliography of primary source volumes on America and the Holy Land.
The continuing relationship between America and the Holy Land has implications for American and Jewish history which extend beyond the historical narrative and interpretation. The devotion of Americans of all faiths to the Holy Land extends into the spiritual realm, and the Holy Land, in turn, penetrates American homes, patterns of faith, and education. In this book Davis illuminates the interconnection of Americans and the Holy Land in historical perspective, and delineates unique elements inherent in this relationship: the role of Zion in American spiritual history, in the Christian faith, in Jewish tradition and communal life, and the impress of Biblical place names on the map of America as well as American settlements and institutions in the State of Israel. The book concludes with an annotated select bibliography of primary sources on America and the Holy Land.
Introduction America-Holy Land Studies as a Field of Scholarly Inquiry Zion in America's Faith: The Holy Land in American Spiritual History Jewish Distinctiveness within the American Tradition: The Eretz Israel Dimension American Christian Devotees in the Holy Land Representative Jewish Personalities: Isaac Leeser of the Historical School Abraham I. Rice, Pioneer of Orthodoxy in America Sir Moses Montefiore, American Jewry's Ideal "Names on the Land": Biblical Place-Names in America (with maps) American Names in Zion (with maps) Rediscovery of The Holy Land: Choice Readings: An Annotated Record Index