Thursday, March 21, 2013

Israel: the Jerusalem Area

The view from Mt. Scopus.

Atop a camel on the Mt. of Olives.

Jerusalem, as seen from the Mt. of Olives.

Olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The Wailing Wall.  This was such a sad place-- to see these people praying with such devotion, yet knowing that most of them are without the true hope that can only be found in Christ.  They come to this remnant of the temple of stone, but they have missed the true, spiritual temple that Christ is building in and with His people.

The Dome of the Rock, as seen from the Temple Mt.

A dungeon cell beneath what was likely the house of Caiphas; Jesus may have been held in this very cell.

I love how this picture captures the blend of old and new in Jerusalem-- young girls playing on the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman column.  It is also an example of the thriving, vibrant life that we saw throughout the Old City.

Square in the Jewish quarter of the Old City.

We had lunch at this place one day.  They served the best shawarma we had on the whole trip!

A flock of sheep near Bethlehem.

Shops in the Old City.

A spice store.

The model of Jerusalem as it was before its destruction in 70 AD.

Remains of the Roman destruction.

Southern steps of the temple.

Hezekiah's tunnel.

A crushing stone for olives.

The olive press.

A house from the 2nd millenium BC.

The hill country between the central mountains and the coastal plain.

The Valley of Elah, where David killed Goliath.

The Garden Tomb.


  1. Wow, great pics and so true what you said about the wailing wall!

  2. These are excellent photos! Thank you so much for sharing. I never imagined how green everything would be.