Mapping Paradise: A History of Heaven on Earth

January 19, 2008

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Alessandro Scafi

When early Christians adopted the Hebrew Bible with its story of Genesis, the Garden of Eden became for them a paradise on earth, situated in real geography and indicated on maps. In "Mapping Paradise", Alessandro Scafi explores medieval intellectual conditions that made mapping paradise possible. He also accounts for the transformations in theological doctrine and cartographic practice that eroded belief in a terrestrial paradise and led to historical and regional mapping of the Garden of Eden, beginning in the Reformation and continuing today.

 

Recorded Saturday, January 19, 2008 at The Newberry Library.