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Rashi’s Map Of The Land Of Canaan, Ca. 1100, And Its Cartographic Background

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The presence of maps in medieval Hebrew manuscripts has been almost totally overlooked by students of medieval cartography. Students of Jewish history, on the other hand, have repeatedly dealt with maps or diagrams that appear in the most influential Jewish commentary on the Pentateuch, that by Rashi, who lived mainly in Troyes, France, between 1040 and 1105. A new phase in the study of Rashi?s map was inaugurated by a series of articles published between 1991 and 2003 by Avraham Grossman, a leading expert on Rashi and his work. The Land of Canaan is represented by a quadrangle, and Edom and Moab by rectangles south and southeast of Canaan. The River Jordan and the Dead Sea appear as rectangles east of Canaan, the Jordan?s rectangle being substantially smaller than that of the Dead Sea.

Keywords: Land of Canaan; medieval cartography; Rashi?s maps



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