Saturday, March 01, 2014

Blogging from the Holy Land, Part 6.2

After lunch we went to the Western Wall, which may have been my favorite part of Jerusalem.  We got to spend some time there, which I enjoyed so much.  Here are some of my favorite pictures:

So, the Western Wall wasn't actually part of the Temple, but actually a supporting wall of the Temple Mount. When Emporer Titus laid siege to Jerusalem he left it to remind the Jews of Rome's power.  Sounds like a great guy.  The part that you can see is the upper part of the wall. It actually goes down 45 more feet.
The left side is the men's side and the right side is the women's side.  Here's a little guy hanging with his mom while she prayed.
We went next to the Davidson Center, which is an archaeological park in Jerusalem, centered around where the southwest corner of the Temple was located.   This is the area where the ritual baths would have been located, as well as the royal stoa (the administrative offices of the Pharisees).
Then we went out to the teaching steps where we can only assume that Jesus taught his disciples.  Interestingly, when Jesus said, "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees," he would have been sitting right under the royal stoa.  When he said "You are like whitewashed tombs" the disciples would have only to look to the left to see this:
Here are the teaching steps; one long and one short to intentionally disrupt one's stride and make them slow down:
Our next stop was the Upper Room, which isn't really the Upper Room, because that was destroyed be Emperor Titus when he laid siege to Jerusalem.  This particular structure was built in the Crusader period, and then it became a mosque.  But the original Upper Room might have looked something like this (with or without James):

Final stop:  Tomb of David, which also probably isn't David's tomb, but this is the traditional place.  It's considered a synagogue, so men and women have to go into separate parts of the burial place.

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