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The Garden Tomb

...the most probable location of Jesus' tomb...

here's a picture from the place near the place they think Jesus was crucified.
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this is a crack just outside of the tomb. it has been repaired but the original crack is believed to be the result of the earthquake that occured
just after Jesus' death.

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this is an idea of the kind of stone that would have been rolled in front of the tomb. it's smaller than most but the shape is accurate.

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leaving the garden
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The Galilee

the peace there is palpable...the silence solitary...

spent three days at a house overlooking the Sea of Galilee...no words for what transpired there...too much...too good

Driving from Jerusalem to the Galilee

Driving from Jerusalem to the Galilee

Driving from Jerusalem to the Galilee!!!

Driving from Jerusalem to the Galilee!!!

Just beyond the check point leaving Jerusalem (we got stopped and searched...sigh...)

Just beyond the check point leaving Jerusalem (we got stopped and searched...sigh...)

Just beyond the check point leaving Jerusalem

Just beyond the check point leaving Jerusalem

On the way to the house in the Galilee (there's a McDonald's everywhere!)

On the way to the house in the Galilee (there's a McDonald's everywhere!)

Driving to the Galilee

Driving to the Galilee

In front of the house at the Galilee

In front of the house at the Galilee

In front of the house at the Galilee

In front of the house at the Galilee

In front of the house at the Galilee

In front of the house at the Galilee

The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee

View from the deck

View from the deck

Early this morning in the Galilee

Early this morning in the Galilee

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Gethsemene and Church of All Nations

wonderful writing day...

walked from home to the Mt. of Olives area (Gethsemene and the Church of All Nations). on the way, passed through area of Damascus Gate (see pics below).
Around Damascus Gate (on the way to Mt. of Olives/Gethsemene/Church of All Nations)

Around Damascus Gate (on the way to Mt. of Olives/Gethsemene/Church of All Nations)

Around Damascus Gate (on the way to Mt. of Olives/Gethsemene/Church of All Nations)

Around Damascus Gate (on the way to Mt. of Olives/Gethsemene/Church of All Nations)

spent some time writing in the shade of one of the trees in Gethsemene. word is that these olive trees ("gethsemene" means olive press in Hebrew) are so old they witnessed that night before Jesus' crucifixion that he spent praying as well as his arrest.
Gethsemene (entrance)

Gethsemene (entrance)

Gethsemene

Gethsemene

Gethsemene

Gethsemene

Gethsemene

Gethsemene

to the right of the garden is the Church of All Nations, a beautiful edifice. spent time writing and reading in there...like for instance love this quote from Jorie Graham's poem "Other": All those years, before I became lost, I lived a different life. / One where you can go back. I thought each new / now, new / note, plucked from the as-yet-unpronounced, covered up a footstep / of the retreating God.

Church of All Nations (view from street)

Church of All Nations (view from street)

Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations (pillars/ceiling)

Church of All Nations (pillars/ceiling)

Church of All Nations (ceiling)

Church of All Nations (ceiling)

Church of All Nations (place where stone seems to spill in)

Church of All Nations (place where stone seems to spill in)

Floor of Church of All Nations

Floor of Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations (pew area where I was writing)

Church of All Nations (pew area where I was writing)

Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations

Exit of Church of All Nations

Exit of Church of All Nations

on the way home, passed through Lion's Gate into the Old City. took the Via Dolorosa towards Jaffa Gate to get home.
walking home on the Via Dolorosa

walking home on the Via Dolorosa

walking home on the Via Dolorosa

walking home on the Via Dolorosa

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Hezekiah's Tunnel

went into the City of David today to walk through, or should i say wade through Hezekiah's Tunnel. for about 45minutes we walked through a tunnel, lit only by our flashlights, that was built around 700BC by King Hezekiah. the idea was that they would create a water supply that enemy nations would not be able to locate. we trooped through water that got as high as my knees at certain points.

Me troopin' it through Hezekiah's Tunnel (checking out something on the wall i guess)

Me troopin' it through Hezekiah's Tunnel (checking out something on the wall i guess)

Hezekiah's Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel

Midway through Hezekiah's Tunnel

Midway through Hezekiah's Tunnel

towards the end of the tunnel, there was a marker marking the place where they discovered an inscription written about 2700 years ago during King Hezekiah's reign.
2700 year old inscription towards end of Hezekiah's Tunnel

2700 year old inscription towards end of Hezekiah's Tunnel

this picture is of a section of the Pool of Siloam...Jesus told a blind man to wash at this spot after putting clay on the man's eyes and the man was healed. it is located at the exit point of Hezekiah's Tunnel.

section of Siloam's Pool

section of Siloam's Pool

section of Siloam's Pool

section of Siloam's Pool

neighborhood just beyond Hezekiah's Tunnel

neighborhood just beyond Hezekiah's Tunnel

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Ethiopian Church in Jerusalem

woke up this morning for prayer and check out my view:
view from my bedroom window

view from my bedroom window

then we visited an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church today...a beautiful edifice...ate A LOT of food (have to eat as much as possible to be polite!). today's Shabbat so the streets were calm...about to relax for the rest of the day. enjoy the pics of the church :)

one view from the outside of the church

one view from the outside of the church

another part of the church

another part of the church

place to leave an offering

place to leave an offering

candles lit in the sanctuary

candles lit in the sanctuary

the holy of holies

the holy of holies

inside the church

inside the church

painting of a saint inside the church

painting of a saint inside the church

prayer candle

prayer candle

painting representing Jesus and Mary

painting representing Jesus and Mary


a woman praying

a woman praying

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