Walking to Jerusalem: Endurance and Hope on a Pilgrimage from London to the Holy Land

Walking to Jerusalem: Endurance and Hope on a Pilgrimage from London to the Holy Land

by Justin Butcher


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A moving and informative narrative of a six-month walk from London to Jerusalem on the centenary of the Balfour Declarations.

On the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, which was also the fiftieth anniversary of the since the Six-day War and the tenth anniversary of the Blockade of Gaza, Justin Butcher—along with ten other companions (and another hundred joining him at points along the way)—walked from London to Jerusalem as an act of solidarity, penance, and hope.

Weaving in history of the Holy Land as he moves across Europe, from Balfour and Christian Zionism, to colonialism and Jerusalem Syndrome, from desert spirituality to the lives of his fellow travelers, Walking to Jerusalem is a chronicle of serendipity, the hilarious, the infuriating, and, occasionally, an encounter with the divine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643132112
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,232,952
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Justin Butcher attended Oxford University and then trained at the Drama Studio London. He has worked all over the world as actor, writer, director and musician and has worked extensively as creative consultant in the business, government and voluntary sectors, across the U.K. and Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

1 First Steps 1

2 Preamble 17

3 Esprit de Corps 37

4 Au Chemin de la Guerre 55

5 Champagne Trail 73

6 À Piedmont à Pied 91

7 Aut viam inveniam aut faciam 105

8 Balkanisation 127

9 Refugee Road 151

10 Walking Turkey 175

11 Crossing Jordan 199

12 Jerusalem Syndrome 225

Epilogue 283

Acknowledgements 286

Notes 289

Index 293

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