By James Cowan
In sixteenth-century Venice, in an island monastery, a cloistered monk reports the journey of a lifetime—all in the confines of his mobile. half old fiction, half philosophical secret, A Mapmaker's Dream tells the tale of Fra Mauro and his fight to gain his life's paintings: to make an ideal map—one that represents the total breadth of production. information of Mauro's initiatives draws explorers, pilgrims, tourists, and retailers, all wanting to give a contribution their bills of far off humans and areas. As he listens to the stories of the unusual and awesome issues they have obvious, Mauro involves regard the area as even more than continents and kingdoms: that it's also made of an enormous and both genuine inside panorama of ideals, aspirations, and desires. Mauro's map grows and takes form, changing into either extra entire and incomprehensible. within the approach, the bounds of Mauro's global are driven to the intense, elevating questions about the connection among illustration, mind's eye, and the character of truth itself.
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20 As in time the Israelites came to be part of the native population of Canaan—and therefore 'Canaanites'— the Mosaic Yahweh(-El) came to be completely identified with the local manifestations of the Canaanite El. 21 Thus, for Engnell, this third phase saw the transformation of Yahweh into a national god of Israelite Canaan, and the concomitant 'Canaanization' of Israelite religion at the official and popular levels alike. Opposition to this syncretism existed from the beginning, but these were unrepresentative minority voices such as the Rechabites and the reactionary (or literary) prophets.
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