Mapping paradise: a history of heaven on earth
"In his history of the cartography of paradise, Alessandro Scafi journeys from the beginning of Christianity to the present day. Instead of dismissing the medieval belief in an earthly paradise as a picturesque legend, and the cartography of paradise as merely a medieval superstition, Scafi explores the intellectual conditions that made the mapping of paradise possible. The challenge for mapmakers, he argues, was to make visible a place that was geographically inaccessible and yet real, remote in time and yet still the scene of an essential episode in the history of salvation. As the story unfolds, each episode is illustrated by contemporary maps, many accompanied by the author's unique cartographic drawings." "Mapping Paradise also charts the transformations - in both theological doctrine and cartographical practice - that led to the decline of belief in a terrestrial paradise, and the subsequent emergence of the new historical and regional mapping of the Garden of Eden." "Mapping Paradise draws on wide-ranging historical debates about faith, reason, theology and philosophy, as well as modern spatial and cartographical thinking, to explore the notion of an earthly paradise in the Western tradition."--BOOK JACKET.
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Changing Views on Paradise on Maps
Paradise in the Bible
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Adam and Eve Africa Armenia Asia Augustine Augustine's Beatus Beatus's Bede Bible biblical Biblioteca Brepols British Library Calvin centre Chapter Christ Christian Church Commentary creation depicted described Diagram earthly paradise east eastern Ebstorf Ebstorf map equator equatorial Etymologiae Euphrates Europe exegetes Figure Flood flowing four rivers Garden Garden of Eden Gautier Dalche Genesis Gihon Gog and Magog Havilah heaven heavenly Hebrew Hereford Hereford map History of Cartography Holy Land human history Ibid idea Imago India inhabited earth Isidore island Jerusalem John Lapeyre Latin legend location of paradise London mankind manuscript map makers mappae mapping of paradise Mauro medieval maps Mediterranean Mesopotamia Middle Ages mountain Nile original paradis terrestre Paris Peter Pishon Prester John Ptolemy reference region Renaissance rivers of paradise Saint scholars Scripture shows single river terra terrestrial theological thirteenth century Tigris tradition transl Tree University Press vols Woodward world map zonal map zone