Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

Across the Kidron Valley from the Temple Mount, on the base of the Mount of Olives, is The Garden of Gethsamane. Its name comes from the Hebrew - Gat Shemanim, which means- "oil press."

This reflects the presence of the many olive groves on the western slope of the Mount of Olives.
Although it is called a garden it was amore likely an enclosed orchard owned by a wealthy citizen of Jerusalem.

Some conjecture that it was owned by John Marks father, who also provided the upper room for Jesus to celebrate the Passover with his disciples.

We see the passion story here in Luke 22:39-53. Agony and Betrayal.


The original site of the garden now includes the Church of ALL Nations-
(because many nations contributed funds to build the church.)
It is also called the church of the Agony.

Byzantine and Crusader churches had been erected
 on this site but were destroyed in the many wars in Jerusalem.

This current church was built between 1919 and 1924
 and is a blend of Christian basilica and Byzantine monastery architectures.


The rock which is situated in front of the altar is supposedly a fragment
 of the rock on which Jesus prayed on before his crucifixion.
There are lines always here-
 people waiting to touch the rock.

Somehow none of my photos for this place have turned up-
 so a couple of unclear ones from the internet have been substituted.

As with all of the Holy Week sites.
the buildings visited are used to bring us back to THE STORY.

Visits to the places in Jerusalem that depict the Holy week story
  can be disappointing.
 It is necessary to understand that in Israel there are absolute sites,
 like the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee.
There are traditional sites, like the Garden of Gethsemane.
And sites with a bit more hazy source- like the Last Supper.

This map might help a bit in getting an idea
of the locations of settings for the Holy Week stories.

Reading this book as a resource for the Easter story and
to learn a bit more of THE STORY-.

Lutheran historian Paul Maier weaves fascinating history
 with archeologist findings to recreate
a modern day Jerusalem.
He brings the life of one man-
Jesus- into eternity for all of His followers.

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