Jerusalem Pilgrims and the Holy Cross in the Fourth Century

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Jerusalem Pilgrims and the Holy Cross in the Fourth Century. / Borgehammar, Stephan.

I: Patristica Nordica Annuaria, Vol. 27, 2012, s. 57-79.

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T1 - Jerusalem Pilgrims and the Holy Cross in the Fourth Century

AU - Borgehammar, Stephan

N1 - The article is based on a lecture held at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, 11 September 2012 The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - Pilgrimage is an important element of Christianity right from the start, being rooted in the Jewish religion. Pilgrimage to sites in the Holy Land develops strongly in the fourth century as the sites are made accessible and are adorned with sanctuaries by the Emperor. The Cross of Christ becomes an important object of devotion to pilgrims, but the story of its discovery is considered by many scholars as fiction. The article shows that careful source criticism reveals the story to be based on early Jerusalemitic tradition sanctioned by bishop Cyril of Jerusalem, while objections to its essential veracity are based on flimsier evidence and arguments.

AB - Pilgrimage is an important element of Christianity right from the start, being rooted in the Jewish religion. Pilgrimage to sites in the Holy Land develops strongly in the fourth century as the sites are made accessible and are adorned with sanctuaries by the Emperor. The Cross of Christ becomes an important object of devotion to pilgrims, but the story of its discovery is considered by many scholars as fiction. The article shows that careful source criticism reveals the story to be based on early Jerusalemitic tradition sanctioned by bishop Cyril of Jerusalem, while objections to its essential veracity are based on flimsier evidence and arguments.

KW - Pilgrimage

KW - Jerusalem

KW - fourth century

KW - Holy Cross

KW - Cyril of Jerusalem

KW - Gelasius of Caesarea

KW - source criticism

KW - Inventio Crucis

M3 - Article

VL - 27

SP - 57

EP - 79

JO - Patristica Nordica Annuaria

JF - Patristica Nordica Annuaria

SN - 2001-2365

ER -