BUNTING, Heinrich (1545 - 1606). "Beschreibung des Heiligen Landes". Leipzig: Johan Beyer for Johan Franck, 1585.
Single Sheet (sheet size 12 x 15 1/4 inches). (Good impression, ageing).
This excellent early woodcut map shows the Holy Land at the time of Jesus Christ.
Palestine is shown on both sides of the River Jordan and is divided among the twelve tribes of Israel. The Dead Sea appears crescent shaped and the Sea of Galilee is placed very centrally. Bunting expertly bore out his imaginative approach to cartography, while retaining the accuracy of these lands as known in the late 16th century.
From Bunting's Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae. Das ist Ein Reisebuch, [-ander Theil] uber di gantze Heilige Schrifft. -- De monetis et mensuris sacrae scripturae.
The greater part of the life of Jesus was spent at Nazareth in Zebulun(marked map center), and the ministry at Capernaum in Naphtali, with yearly visits to Jerusalem. The Gospel narratives and the symbolism of the parables constantly recall the characteristic features of Galilean scenery and nature, as they remain unchanged today. The "city set on a hill" (Mt 5:14) may be seen in any part of Palestine; the lilies of the field grow in all its plains; the "foxes have holes" and the sparrows are still eaten; the vineyard with its tower; the good plow land, amid stony and thorny places, are all still found throughout the Holy Land. But the deep lake surrounded by precipitous cliffs and subject to sudden storms, with its shoals of fish and its naked fishers; the cast nets and drag nets and small heavy boats of the Sea of Galilee, are more distinctive of the Gospels, since the lake is but briefly noticed in the Old Testament.
Heinrich Bunting was a Protestant professor of theology at Hanover. The Itinerarium was an exceedingly popular work, running to ten editions in seven languages over a period of seventy years from its first publication. The book describes the travels of the religious figures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as well as its geography, accompanied by some interesting maps that take more than a little liberty with the actualities. The first part begins with the definition of the German mile and the biblical stadium, gives a list of biblical place-names with their coordinates, describe Jerusalem and the walla, gates, buildings mentioned in the Bible, before proceeding with the lives and journeys of the patriarchs, moses and Isrealites, Joshua, and concluding with the Maccabean Wars.
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