|That's me at the Dormition Abbey|
Stone Design outside the Zion Gate
Looking down the southern wall of the Temple Mount toward
the Mount of Olives.
Here is the Southern Pool of Bethesda ... See John 5
Before heading out, we stepped into the Church of Saint Anne. The acoustics in the building are AMAZING! It was built so that even if only one person is singing, it would sound like a choir. Beautiful! I kept thinking of my sweet wife … she could make the place ring with praise!
On the final leg of our journey back to campus, we walked a portion of the Via Delarosa. Although a nice concept to have preserved such stops, in all likelihood, Jesus was tried on the other side of the city which would drastically change His supposed route to the cross. Later that evening I decided to head back out to the Wailing Wall to pray and added a written prayer to the wall for the Jewish people as well as for family and friends. It was a windy evening and a bit difficult to keep my kippa on! It blew off twice; the first time a young Jewish child caught it and ran it back to me. :) It broke my heart to see such devotion and such passion, yet so far away from their Messiah. If only some of us Christians had as much devotion to prayer where we know we have an intimate relationship with the Savior.
Tomorrow we start out with our first bus tour … moving farther out!
|Looking down the roof from the Dormition Abbey|
|Looking down on Cemetery from the Dormition Abbey|
|The Upper Room|
|Windows in the Upper Room - Notice they are in Arabic|
|Torah Ark in the Upper Room - this one faces south|
|The site of the upper room - although the orginal upper room would be a|
few stories below us. This if I remember correctly was built by the
Byzantines and converted by the Muslims.
|Ceilings of the Upper Room|
|In the Upper Room! Come Holy Spirit!|
|While we walked past, there was a women playing the|
harp in front of the David Statue by the Dormition Abbey
|Jewish man on the street using his iphone|
|And a pyramid made of water-bottles ... interesting ...|
|Had a shot of this one earlier, but found out that there is|
1.3 Million of Gold on the Menorah for the Third Temple.
|Looking toward the Temple Mount.|
|It's the Jerusalem Archaeology Park!|
|Painting of what this area may have looked like in the first|
|This is Vern, our guide and professor, giving us an|
overview of the area.
|Entering the Park ... and there is the Al-Aqsa Mosque behind the Temple|
|This is the only image that exists of Herod's Temple. This is found on the|
back of a coin. ... not much to go off of!
|Notice the how the road caves in next to the Temple Mount ...|
|... and here's why. In 70 AD the Romans toppled the Temple Mount. The|
enormous stones coming down, destroyed the road below.
|Again, Look at the size of those rocks! And they get even bigger!|
The largest one yet discoverd (within the wall) is 45 feet x 11.5 feet x an
unknown amount. It is estimated to weigh 175 tons.
|Notice how far down these excavations are ... lots of material to remove to get|
down here. And the wall would have been even taller ... perhaps even a third taller!
|The base of Robinson's Arch to the right. (he was the guy who made the discovery)|
|This is a stone with an inscription on the left side. This would have been|
used by the temple trumpeters. They would have stood in that carved out box on
the left and blown the trumpets to announce the Sabbath and other holy days.
|Turning to walk down the southern side of the Temple Mount. Again,|
the Al-Aqsa Mosque is just inside the wall on the actual Temple Mount.
|Al-Aqsa Mosque behind the wall|
|View of the Mount of Olives from the south side of the Temple Mount.|
|Looking across the Hinnom Valley from south of the Temple|
|Here is the location to one of the two main entrances to the|
temple. This would have been two doors. Today, only half
of one of the arches is visible.
|Looking across into the old City of David to the South.|
|Here you can just make out the three other doors to the second main entrance|
into the 1st century temple.
|Here are some of the remnants of the original steps.|
|Notice how some are short steps and other are long steps. This was to|
encourage people to walk slowly and reverently as they approached the temple.
|The Wailing Wall ... Will be back here later.|
|Just entered into the Muslim Quarter|
|Entering the grounds of Saint Ann's Church and the Pool of Bethesda.|
|Remains from a Byzantine basilica overlooking the older pool/s of Bethesda.|
There were two - Northern and Southern pools.
|Cistern between the pools|
|Church of Saint Anne's|
|Wow! What amazing acoustics!|
This video only captures a few seconds of one of the ladies singing in our group. I accidentally hit the stop button just before the louder chorus ... bummer.
|Image of Mary of to the right of the chapel.|
|Image in the basement of the chapel|
|Garden's outside Saint Anne's Church|
|Here is Stage 1 of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa|
|I believe this was Stage II|
|Here is where according to tradition that Pilot said "Behold the Man"|
However in all reality this probably took place closer to Herod's Palace.
|Yep, we're on the Via Dolorosa ...|
|Mosque along the way (we are in the Muslim Quarter)|
|Stage Six along the Via Dolorosa ... apparently I missed a few.|
|Stage Seven along the Via Dolorosa ... notice how the brick|
different on the ground too.
|This evening there was a race though Jerusalem. When up on the roof of JUC|
to grap a quick shot of one of the cars.
|Approaching the Wailing Wall in the evening.|
|View across from the Wailing Wall,|
|Here's were I spent some time praying. When leaving the wall, one is to walk|
away backwards out of respect.
|Me at the Western Wall ... kippas are complementary and required ;)|
|Here are those water bottles again at night!|
Jewish gentleman singing on the street.
|Student Lounge at JUC|
|Student Lounge at JUC|
|Student Lounge at JUC|
|This one's out of order ... me back at Archaeology Park.|
|Saw this tee shirt while walking in the Muslim Quarter. |
Made me Smile :)