The Temple of Solomon and Its Courts

Heinrich Bünting

Heinrich Bünting, The Temple of Solomon and Its Courts, 1585. From Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, part 1 (Helmstadt: Jacobus Lucius, 1585), 34–35. Jewish National and University Library, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

The Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae was first published in 1581 in Northern Europe. The book provided a summary of biblical geography by following the travels of various people from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. It was illustrated by woodcut maps and city views. Because the printing of movable type, like the woodcut, is a relief process, woodcuts were ideally suited for illustrating early European printed books. The woodblocks could be placed alongside the type in the flatbed press and printed at the same time.