|Your work in the Holy Land!|
|Pater Noster Church Mt. of Olives|
|Kelly looking above Old City on Mt of Olives|
|Looking out famous window of Dominus Flevit "Our Lord Wept."|
|The place where Jesus prayed|
|Kelly saying a prayer at Gethsemane|
|Pastor and Kelly outside the Church of All Nations|
|Lunch Jerusalem style|
|The Upper Room|
|Mosaic ceiling where Peter Denied Christ|
|Reading from Scripture in Caiaphas' house where Jesus was taken after being arrested|
|Actual steps that Jesus "MAY" have walked down to get to the Garden|
|Rolling stone from a tomb|
|What it's all about!|
OK, some nice things about our guide. Great Christian Palestinian man who is very glad to tell you if he thinks a site is authentic, pretty close, or note even in the ball park. He likes to use three criteria for judging whether a site is probably authentic. Scripture---what do we know from scripture about the site. Tradition--how long has it been associated with an event and what does history have to tell us. Archaeology--what can science tell us about the site, over against what we know about the period. If all three line up, then he assumes that you have to say: Why not? If they don't line up, then you probably need to say it is a good place to remember the event, but not the actual location. I like his system and he is generally right on.
People: Very warm and welcoming. Lots of diversity. Kelly and I walked out in a very urban area of the Arab part of the city and felt very comfortable. Everyone kind. I haven't seen one homeless person or mentally distraught person--and Jerusalem is a big city. The children are beautiful and always laughing and smiling. Many of the women have traditional dress...and many don't. You get the impression that if it weren't for the radical extremists on each side, that all these people would easily live together. You also come to know a lot of Christian Palestinians who are rarely mentioned in the US and who have a very hard time finding jobs and housing etc... in Israel. They are discriminated against in many ways.
That is all for tonight. Tomorrow: The Temple Mount, Western Wailing wall, Bethlehem, and more....An amazing place!