The traditional Garden of Gethsemane on the western slope of Mount Olivet.
And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. (Mark 14:32-35 ESV)
If Jesus was not at this specific spot, it could not have been far away.
For the full account read Mark 14:32-46 and Matthew 26:36-46.
I continue to enjoy the Favorite Fotos and they bring back memories of my own trips to Israel. Thank you and tell Elizabeth hello from Pauline (they worked together in the office at FC).
Ferrell: Thanks for sharing this wonderful image. I agree that the location is quite likely a very early and accurate memory, specifically because of the place-name, Gethsemane.
I’ve always found it interesting that there are really two scenes of action in the Gethsemane narratives, separated by that little phrase “going a little farther” — and that, at least since about the 5th century, two separate places have commemorated the various events there. (I’m sure you know the second one as well, the little cave-chapel about “a stone’s throw” away!)
TOM POWERS / Waynesville, NC