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Monday - June 20, 2011 - Jerusalem

Southwest corner of Temple Mount - Original Harodian stone road

Temple Mount

South Wall Excavations

Beautiful Gate - Where Jesus, Stephen and Paul taught:

Temple Mount

Excavation out from south side of Temple Mount looking toward site of David's palace:

Temple Mount

Description of South Wall Excavations from Bibleplaces.com

Western Wailing Wall

View point from standing on a chair on the women's side looking over to the men's side:

Wailing Wall

Up-close viewpoint on women's side:

Wailing Wall

Western Wall Scripture reading: Psalm 122

Description of the Wailing Wall from Wikipedia

Temple Institute

2 million dollar golden menorah ready to use in third Temple:

Menorah

Entrance to Temple Institute - No pictures allowed inside, but you can look at the items in the link below:

Temple Institute

Description of the Temple Institute

Jewish Quarter

Mosaic replica of Old City found in Jordan:

Old City mosaic

The main road through Jerusalem - The Cardo Maximus:

Cardo Maximus

Description of the Jewish Quarter from Wikipedia

Mt Zion - View looking out over Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Description of Mt Zion from BiblePlaces.com

Upper Room

Church built over the site of the Upper Room:

Upper Room
Upper Room

Original Herodian foundation of the Upper Room excavated from the bottom seen under the arches:

Upper Room

Upper Room Scripture reading: Matthew 26:17-35; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-38; Acts 1:12-14

Description of the Upper Room from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

David's Tomb

David's Tomb

Cemetery of the House of David:

Cemetery of the House of David

Description of David's tomb from Wikipedia

Yad Vashem - No pictures allowed inside (The verse below is from Ezekiel 37).

Yad Vashem

Description of Yad Vashem

Tuesday - June 21, 2011 - Jerusalem

Jaffa Gate

Inscription of Suleiman the Magnificent on top of the arch. This is the gate where General Allenby got off his horse and walked into the Holy City:

Jaffa Gate

Description of Jaffa Gate from Wikipedia

Church Holy Sepulcher - Traditional site of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Area of traditional site of the crucifixion:

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Wall built behind traditional preparation area of the body:

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Shrine built over site of traditional burial site:

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Description of Holy Sepulcher from "Sacred Destinations"

Via Dolorosa

Traditional route through Jerusalem that Jesus took from the Fortress of Antonio to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher:

Via Dolorosa

Kitten trying to nap as we go along the Via Dolorosa in reverse, back to the Fortress of Antonio:

Via Dolorosa

Several "stations" have been assigned to show the events that occurred during the carrying of the cross. Here we are standing in the traditional place where Jesus fell the first time. This is also the cross roads where the Via Dolorosa and the other possible path that Jesus took with the cross to the "Garden Tomb" area:

Via Dolorosa

The original pavement on this area of the Via Dolorosa has been excavated from 9 feet below and brought up to the level of the current pavement:

Via Dolorosa

Description of Via Dolorosa from "Sacred Destinations"

Antonio Fortress - The place where Pilate judged Jesus:

Antonio Fortress
Antonio Fortress

Description of the Antonio Fortress from Wikipedia

Garden Tomb

Golgotha - Place of the skull - Discovered in the last century:

Golgotha, Calvary

Recently excavated "Garden Tomb" very close to Golgotha:

Garden Tomb

1st Century winepress found in the garden near the tomb, which would indicate grape vines grew here:

Garden Tomb

Garden Tomb Scripture reading: John 19:38-42

Description of the Garden Tomb from "Sacred Destinations"

Pool of Bethesda - The place where Jesus healed the paralytic on the Sabbath

Pool of Bethesda

Lion's Gate

The gate where Stephen was stoned. This is also the infamous gate that the Israeli troops came through when they took the city and the Temple Mount in 1967:

Lion's gate

Temple Mount Excavation

In our group we found metal, pottery, glass, bones and one turquoise stone that was put aside by the archeologist to determine what it was later. We did not find mosaic floor tile, which is prevalent in a lot of the rubble:

Temple Mount Excavation

Items found in the rubble dug out from the area of Solomon's stables contain items from before the 1st Temple period through to today:

Temple Mount Excavation

Description of Temple Mount Excavations

Ark of the Covenant replica on the way to the Israel Museum

Ark of the Covenant

Israel Museum

Scale model of Jerusalem before the destruction in 70AD:

Model of 1 century Jerusalem

South end of the Temple Mount and the "city of David":

Model of 1 century Jerusalem

North end of the Temple Mount and the expanded region of Jerusalem:

Model of 1 century Jerusalem

Close up of the Temple:

Model of 1 century Jerusalem

Shrine of the Book - The Dead Sea Scroll and Aleppo Codex - No pictures allowed inside:

Shrine of the book

Description of the Israel Museum

Goin' home

Our drive between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv heading to the airport at sunset:

Sunset in Israel

Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv:

Ben Gurion airport

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