Day 10, Jan 16

16 JAN ~ Monday ~ Jewish Quarter, Temple Mount area, Western Wall, Southern Steps of Temple Mount, Mt. Zion, Caiaphas’ home, City of David, Pool of Siloam ~  We went to the Temple Mount area to tour the Jewish Quarter and learn of the exciting discoveries that were only possible after the Reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.  Everyone had a chance to go close to the Western Wall to leave prayer intentions. Previously known as the Wailing Wall, the exposed part of the Western Wall is always active with visitors coming to pray or just enjoy the setting that is so important to Israelis. Visiting the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount brought us in direct contact with the stones that Jesus, Mary & the disciples walked on when they visited the Temple in the 1st century. Jeff gave a teaching there. Next we went to Mt. Zion for mass at the church that recalls Peter’s denial on the night Jesus was betrayed, St. Peter in Gallicantu (Matthew 26:69-75.)  The church is built over the High Priest Caiaphas’ home (Matthew 26:57,) where Jesus was held that same night. After lunch we visited the area below the Temple Mount, to see the excavations of the City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem. Recent excavations have revealed the Pool of Siloam (John 9:1-12) in the area of the Springs of Gihon and Hezekiah’s Tunnel, part of the original water source for ancient Jerusalem. We sat at the edge of the pool to hear Jeff teach. Tonight we had a farewell dinner at the hotel and packed up since tomorrow is our last day.