holy country - also hebr. Eretz Israel (ארץישראל) = country Israel - a general is religious name for the area of Palestine, Israel and often also Jordanian one, whereby also for this the occupied areas belong.
ThatExpression goes back on 4. Century, as with the end of the pursuit time and the location of the “true cross Christi” in Jerusalem by empress Helena the interest of the Christians in the scenes of the Bible, above all Jerusalems awaked.
The earliest documented journey (anonymous) of a Christian pilgrim in the holy country took place in the year 333 . It led from Bordeaux to Jerusalem and is in one on latin wrote Itinerarium (travel guide) with indication of the way act ions held.
See country also praised.
- Robert L. Wilken: Kind. Holy country. In: Theological material encyclopedia 14 (1985), S. 684-694 (with large literature data)