Jan 12 -- Mount of Olives & Museum

We walked down the Mount of Olives, stopping at a traditional spot the Ascension is nearby. We visited the Dominus Flevit Chapel, a name referencing “Jesus Wept” (John 11:35.)  It is the traditional site where Jesus contemplated the city of Jerusalem and its destruction (Luke 19:41, 44.) and then on to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36) and the Church of All Nations for Mass.  Then we crossed the Kidron Valley by motor coach, passing the Tombs of Absolom, Zechariah, and St. James, to Mt. Zion where we visited the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26.)  In the afternoon we visited the Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  One major exhibit, the restored Model of 1st Century Jerusalem, is a wonderful way to understand the Old City as it was in New Testament times.  This evening we returned to the Old City and the Western Wall, beautiful in the night lighting, to tour the Kotel or rabbinical tunnels.