Day 11, January 18

Mt Zion, Caiaphas’ home, Jewish Quarter, Temple Mount area, Southern Steps of Temple Mount, Ein Kerem ~  On Mt Zion we had mass is 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. Next we went to the Temple Mount area to tour the Jewish Quarter & learn of the exciting discoveries that were only possible after the Reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.  Visiting the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount brought us in direct contact with the stones that Jesus & the disciples walked on when they visited the Temple in the 1st century. Jeff taught in his newly purchased Talit, or Jewish prayer shawl. After lunch we visited Ein Kerem the birthplace of John the Baptist where the Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth.