Painting the Jewish Diaspora

Ward Shelley's Jewish Diaspora Painted Mindmap

This painted “mindmap” was created by Ward Shelley. I found it here. Make sure you click on it and view it full screen, and expand it to see its details.

I’ve published other diaspora maps and timelines in my “Jewish History in 20 Minutes” blog post, which I’m also re-posting below:

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 “Jewish 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 WapenDie 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. Here are my favorite resources:

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