The research methods of hermeneutics and semiotics were used to analyze maps of the Holy Land. The main conclusion of this study is how those methods could help us to read and understand maps. Other issues of concern are which religious elements actually appear and their form of representation in the range of maps. Narratives identified on the various maps were the holy Christian narrative- which proved the most dominant, the Jewish narrative and the Muslim narrative that was rarely found in the maps, even in those with a Palestinian narrative. A ubiquitous finding was disregarded for political issues, although the maps' messages allow the map-user to draw conclusions about ideology, images, and conflicts.
Hermeneutics, Semiotics, Narrative, Maps, and Holy Land
I am most grateful to Prof. Nurit Kliot and Dr. Yoel Mansfeld for their supervision of My Doctoral Thesis, which inspired this present research. I would also like to thank the referees of this article for their valuable assistance in reviewing and commenting on this paper.
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Collins-Kreiner, N. (2005). Maps and Meaning: Reading the Map of the Holy Land. The Qualitative Report, 10(2), 257-275. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol10/iss2/5