This map adopts the
interesting strategy of dividing Jerusalem along an imaginary temporal
rift. On the left is a fictional portrayal of the Holy City in the time
of Jesus. On the right is the modern city of the sixteenth
century. In the ancient panorama, the Temple is the focal point in the
events of the last days of Jesuss life as recorded in the Gospels.
Contrasting images of Jesuss triumphant entry into Jerusalem and
his poignant exit to Calvary bracket the city walls. In the modern
city, the population of Jerusalem has clearly increased, as demonstrated
by the abundance of houses and other structures. Biblical sites and gates
of the city are marked for identification in the adjacent legend, and
several mosques can be discerned by their distinctive crescents. In the
inset, Moses receives the Tablets of the Law; Aaron, his priestly garments
scrupulously annotated, stands to the right.