Towards the Eternal Center: Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple

Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio Et Vita
(The Journey and Life of Abraham the Patriarch)

Abraham Ortelius
Antwerp, ca. 1590
49 x 60.8 cm
[On Loan from Dr. David A. and Lillian Salwen Abramson]

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), a cartographer from Antwerp, is credited with assembling the first systematic compilation of maps. In the twenty-two rondels that surround the image of the Land of Canaan, this famous map chronicles the life and travels of the Patriarch Abraham. The map within the map, in the upper left-hand corner, traces Abraham's route from Mesopotamia to Shechem, Israel.