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.
About the Author:
MOSHE DAVIS is Founding Head of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Stephen S. Wise Professor Emeritus in American Jewish History and Institutions. He is Chairman, Governing Council of the International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization under the aegis of the Israeli Presidency. An authority on contemporary Jewish life, Professor Davis specializes in the field of American Judaism. He is Project Director and General Editor of American-Holy Land Studies. His publications include: The Emergence of Conservative Judaism
wish Religious Life and Institutions in America
e Shaping of American Judaism (Hebrew). He is the author of numerous articles and editor of several series of publications, among them 13 volumes of World Jewry and the State of Israel.