JERUSALEM. I’ve struggled for years to produce a fairly decent map of Jerusalem. What makes it tough is that we need higher resolution elevation data for tighter scenes like the one pictured here. But it’s not freely available for Israel. High res data is awfully expensive. So far, this map is about as good as I’ve been able to do with what I’ve got. The map comes with the Lamentations Bible Atlas, and without the huge watermark.
IT’S NEW YEAR’S DAY
and I’m making a Bible map.
Some people call that working on a holiday and on a Sunday holy day.
I call it doing what I want to do, and when I want to do it.
I like making Bible maps for the Casual English Bible. I’ve made them for years for my books.
It’s a relaxing break from writing.
But, let’s keep this short.
A nice map for you
I think this map of the Jerusalem area works okay. You can easily see the narrow finger of land on the ridgetop where King David built his City of David, as people sometimes called it.
David’s son and successor, King Solomon, extended the city northward by adding the Jerusalem Temple and its sprawling courtyard. Other kings later expanded the city further north and to the hill on the west.
You can see Gihon Spring, which was ancient Jerusalem’s source of water. People had to go outside the walled city and walk down into the valley to get water. But sometime before David came along, the people who lived there tunneled a steel hole down to the spring. So, it functioned like a well. After that, they didn’t have to leave the city to get water. They dropped a bucket down the hole and into the spring.
But that hole is how David captured the city. His men climbed up into the town and surprised the people. Then killed them.
A map for Lamentations
I just finished paraphrasing Lamentations and I needed a map of Jerusalem. So this is it.
When I get my hands on the kind of elevation data that fulltime cartographers use, I’ll stop whatever I’m doing and make an even better map of Jerusalem.
For now, here you go.
Preview of Lamentation Bible maps
- 15 hi def Bible maps
- Size: 3 MB
- Length: 21 pages