Israel: Day 7

We went to the Temple Mount. This is a Muslim shrine:

100_4421x Mary and I bought these matching shirts in Jaffa Street the night before:

20130815_080144x IMG_1145x group_templeMtshrinex 100_4402xBoaz explained some history to us, and Carl gave us a Bible teaching using the Bible app on his phone as Bibles are not allowed on Temple Mount.

100_4405x 100_4410xgroup_templeMtx It is believed that this is where the ark of the covenant was kept when the Jewish Temple was here that King Solomon built.

100_4423x 100_4424x Next we went to the Western Wall. I took this first picture walking up the ramp to get to the Temple Mount.

100_4395x 100_4436x Here are the four men of our group, standing with the Western Wall behind them:

4boysatwesternwallx Boaz took this picture of our whole group:

group_westernwallx Next we went to the southern steps of the temple. Boaz and Carl each gave us small talks about it. We learned that the stairs were made uneven to require you to walk slowly up the steps. Instead of rushing up to the temple, you had to make your way slowly, thinking about God.

100_4467x 100_4462x 100_4465x 100_4474x IMG_1185x100_4455x This is part of the ruins from when the temple was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70:

100_4478x 100_4476x Next we walked through Hezekiah’s tunnel. It was very long (around 1/3 of a mile). It is ankle deep in cold water for most of the way and some places the water reached above my knee.

This tunnel was built by King Hezekiah (from the Bible in Ancient times), dug underneath the City of David in Jerusalem. It was hand chiseled and designed as an aqueduct to provide Jerusalem with water during an impending siege by the Assyrians.

100_4524x 100_4513x 100_4532x 100_4533x This facsimile was the place where the hand chisel/diggers met in the middle.

100_4538x 100_4537x At the end of the tunnel!

100_4542xWe also went to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is the traditional place it is believed that Jesus was buried. The church was built by Queen Helena in the 4th century.

100_4582x 100_4585x Church of the holy sepulchurexThe end of this day was sad as it was our last day with Boaz and we had to say good bye to him. He was our excellent driver, amazing tour guide, and good friend.

carl&boazxIn the evening, after dinner, we went to Jaffa Street again and also to Ben Yahuda Street for shopping and to enjoy the night and music with Israeli families.

100_4637x 100_4644x 100_4639x 100_4356x This next entertainer… wow.

100_4659x 100_4666x This ends Day 7.

Coming up next: Art/ancient artifact museum, Yad Vashem museum, and the Garden Tomb.

God bless you!

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4 Responses to Israel: Day 7

  1. Carol Newhouse says:

    All I can say is, “WOW!!”

  2. Susie Rasmussen says:

    That was a full day Abbey! very good. Love the pictures of your group.

  3. Grace Norton says:

    Wow that is really cool. All those old building are really pretty. And that tunnel looks cool I feel like I would get a little claustrophobic:)

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