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Streetwise Jerusalem Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Jerusalem, Israel - Folding pocket size travel map.
I used this map in Israel in 2003 and LOVED it -- and was in fact the envy of my class. I left it with a friend only on condition that she return it to me immediately upon returning to the states, and even then it was tough to leave behind. Anyway, since the other reviewer didn't like it, it seemed important to add a voice from the other side. This Jerusalem Map is laminated and foldy, like FastMaps, and while it includes even tiny streets, it's not at all hard to read. There is also an index of cultural sites, hotels, gardens, points of interest, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sites, and other stuff. And while it will not actually pick you up and bring you to Duffy's jewelry store or to the fabulous shwarma place in the old city, you will feel like it did. I'm packing it when I go again in a week! (summer 2007)
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Jerusalem Maps and the History of Jerusalem
If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand lose her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy. [Psalms 137:5-6]
Maps contribute greatly to the understanding of history by providing an essential spatial context for events. They are commonly regarded as scientific documents that objectively portray geographic reality. There are several reasons why this may not be the case. Mapmaking requires a deliberate selection of the information to be included (and excluded) and the manner in which it is depicted. This is a subjective process reflecting, in addition to geographic knowledge and technical expertise, the cultural background, convictions, and biases of the mapmaker. Such considerations assume more than usual importance in the case of Jerusalem because of its special status as a sacred city and the strong feelings that it evokes.
The maps and plans displayed here illustrate some significant events and periods in the history of Jerusalem. Most of these images were created long after the events and periods they purport to illustrate, by makers who had never visited Jerusalem. They were based on secondary sources such as the Bible and early historical accounts, sometimes supplemented by eyewitness reports of travelers, and almost always by a liberal dose of imagination. Sites regarded as important for religious or historical reasons were depicted, often on a disproportionately large scale, to the exclusion of those deemed less important. Landmarks and holy sites whose correct locations were unknown or speculative were confidently placed in their imputed or "traditional" positions. Time was often "telescoped" to create multiepochal portrayals in which places and events from various eras were depicted as though they were contemporaneous; e.g., Solomon's Temple and the Crucifixion. Despite their faults, these documents provide fascinating and informative insights into the history of Jerusalem.
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