Daily Archives: December 4, 2009

Friday in Jerusalem (and environs)

Today we spent a full day in and around the city of Jerusalem. There was plenty of sunlight for good photos almost all day. The days are short at this time of the year. Photography dependent on good sunlight is over by about 4 p.m.

We went to an overview on Mount Scopus for some photos of Jerusalem. Then we continued to the Mount of Olives for another view of the city.

In years past it was easy to drive over the southern end of the Mount of Olives to Bethany. Now, due to the fence (wall) built by Israel it is more difficult. Bethany was the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (John 11). It is known that there has been a church at Bethany associated with Lazarus since Byzantine times. Ths photo show a portion of the exterior of a fairly new church built in the early 1950s.

Church dedicated to Lazarus at Bethany. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Church dedicated to Lazarus at Bethany. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

We visited a site called St. Peter in Gallicantu, considered by the owners as the house of the Jewish High Priest in the time of Jesus. Then we made some photos of the Valley of Hinnom and stopped by the Ketef Hinnom excavation. This site revealed tombs dated to the period before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians (586 BC). This is where the silver amulet inscribed with a portion of the Priestly Blessing (Number 6) was discovered.

Ferrell Jenkins at the Jewish Burial Tombs from the Iron Age. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Jenkins at the Jewish Burial Tombs from the Iron Age. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

We went to the Herodium for some photos. On the return to Jerusalem we stopped for a photo of the Tower of David. It is actually part of the Turkish wall, but the lower portion of the wall was built by Herod the Great. This view, showing the golden glow of the late afternoon sun, reminded me of the beautiful song, Jerusalem of Gold, that became so popular after the June was of 1967.

The Tower of David in the afternoon golden glow. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Tower of David in the afternoon golden glow. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Each of these places deserve more attention, but it is time to get some rest for another exciting day Saturday.