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Leonard’s Chronological and Geographical Family Guide to the Holy Bible

Created by C.W. Leonard in 1860

A map intended to communicate and reinforce religious values and dense with a great variety of information. “Following the schemata devised by Bishop Ussher of Ireland this chart illustrates the history of the Bible from October 23, 4004 BC, the supposed exact date of Creation.

At the center of the chart is an overview map of the Mediterranean basin covering from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Caspian Sea and from the Black Sea to the Persian Gulf. Secondary maps illustrating ‘Canaan according to the Syrian Division of 200 BC’ (with Biblical mountains noted) and the ‘Journeyings of the Children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan’ appear in the lower left and right quadrants, respectively.

The chart additionally features three family trees – those of Jacob (bottom center), the Kings of Judah (upper left), and Jeroboam (upper right).

Surrounding the map, what appears to be an embellished decorative boarder is in fact a fascinating timeline dating the events of the Bible according to the Usscher Chronology.

The outer border offers notations on the dating system as well as handy conversions between weights and measurements of antiquity and the english system measurements common in the 19th century.”

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