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Memory, Identity and Aspiration: Early Modern Jewish Maps of the Promised Land (2017)


In the sixteenth century Jews began to produce maps showing the Exodus to the Promised Land. My aim in this article is to show that, through unique compositions of written biblical references and pictured symbolism (both Jewish and Christian), maps such as the Mantua map (1560s) and, a century later, the Amsterdam Haggadah [Passover] map (1695) were a means of constructing Jewish cultural memory and identity in the Diaspora and fostering aspiration for a second salvation through a return to Zion. I also explore the Jewish approach towards the biblical land as this was reflected in the maps.

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Authors & Contributors
Rubin, Rehav
Hébert, John R.
Barrera-Osorio, Antonio
Della Dora, Veronica
Tryster, Hillel
Hessler, John W.
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Coordinates: Online Journal of the Map and Geography Round Table, American Library Association.
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Library of Congress. In association with D. Giles Ltd.
University of Chicago Press
Italica Press
Lexington Books
Leipziger Universitäts-Verlag
Baylor University Press
Maps; atlases
Jewish civilization and culture
Science and politics
Mercator, Gerardus
Waldseemüller, Martin
Einstein, Albert
Schöner, Johannes
Dürer, Albrecht
Esquivel, Pedro
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
15th century
19th century
18th century
Atlantic Ocean

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