Photo courtesy Uppsala University Library, Sweden.

Jerusalem shines forth like a gem on this 12th-century map. The Crusaders first sighted the holy city from the hill of Nebi Samwil. In “Nebi Samwil: Where Samuel Crowned Israel’s First King”, author Yitzhak Magen explains that the religious significance of the site goes back even further, to when it was occupied by the Biblical city of Mizpah.