With all apologies to our colleagues in the History Department.

There are some strange resources online. I looked at this (a little simplistic, and only about the Jews, as if a Diasporic culture did not always constantly interact with major, and minor, events), then I looked at this (according to this “Torah timeline,” Adam and Eve were created in 3760 BCE), and also at this (a maniacally granular, decade-by-decade, month-by-month, “history of the Jewish people”). Wow.

Of course, you can read UC Berkeley’s John Efron, The Jews: A History (2009).

Or you can summarize several thousands of years in one image: the world, and its history, painted on a clover leaf, with Jerusalem at its core (1581).

Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat, welches in der Stadt Hannover, meines lieben Vaterlandes Wapen

Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat, welches in der Stadt Hannover, meines lieben Vaterlandes Wapen

Author: Bèunting, Heinrich
Publisher: [s.n.]
Date: 1581.

Scale: Scale not given.
Call Number: G3200 1581.B8

From The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBL Map Center) at the Boston Public Library (BPL).

More and more maps can be found online:

  • The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection of the University of Texas (Middle East section)
  • Historical maps of the National Library of Israel: maps of the “Holy Land” and maps of Jerusalem.

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