America and Zion: Essays and Papers in Memory of Moshe Davis

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Moshe Davis was a prominent scholar of contemporary Jewish history and a recognized leader in the field of bicultural American/Jewish studies. These wide-ranging essays, many of which were presented at a colloquium that Professor Davis had organized but did not live to attend, honor him by exploring the theme of Zion as an integral part of American spiritual history and as a site of interfaith discourse.

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Moshe Davis was a prominent scholar of contemporary Jewish history and a recognized leader in the field of bicultural American/Jewish studies. These wide-ranging essays, many of which were presented at a colloquium that Professor Davis had organized but did not live to attend, honor him by exploring the theme of Zion as an integral part of American spiritual history and as a site of interfaith discourse.

American attitudes toward the land of the Bible reflect values that arose from Jewish abiding attachment to Zion and the uniquely American Christian vision of Zion as a utopian, pre-industrial, pre-urban, pre-secularized world. Whereas American Christians expected to be lifted out of their ordinary lives when they visited the Holy Land, Jews saw in their affinity for Zion a strong link to their everyday American environment. Jews viewed America's biblical heritage as a source of practical values including fair play, equality, social vision, and covenantal politics.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814330340
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Foreword: America and Zion 9
Pt. I Moshe Davis: The Man and the Scholar
Achavah and History: Reflections on the Historical Emphases of Moshe Davis 23
Vision and Persistence: Origins of the America - Holy Land Studies Project 33
Moshe Davis and the New Field of America - Holy Land Studies 39
Pt. II Historical Studies
"Each mouldering ruin recalls a history": Nineteenth-Century Images of Jerusalem and the American Public 49
Historical Perspective Through the Study of Ordinary People: William H. Rudy (1845-1915), a Member of the American-Swedish Colony in Jerusalem 75
Dedicating and Consecrating the Land: Mormon Ritual Performance in Palestine 91
The Esco Fund Committee: The Story of an American Jewish Foundation 117
A Cultural Model for America - Holy Land Studies: One Early Example 161
The Ambiguous Missionary: Robert Lindsey in Israel, 1948-1970 185
American Olim and the Transfer of Innovation to Palestine, 1917-1939 201
Armchair Travelers to the Holy Land: The Travel Accounts of Rev. J. Lynch, OSF 233
The Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C.: "The Holy Land of America" 243
Jerusalem, Vilna, Chicago: Gedaliah Bublick's Wartime Dilemma 255
App Primary Occupations of North American Applicants for Immigration to Palestine, January 1, 1919-May 30, 1920 277
Notes on Contributors 279
Index 283
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