MOUNT OF OLIVES
Located east of Jerusalem’s Old City and separating it from the Judean Desert, the Mount of Olives is one of the most prominent sites in the Jerusalem vicinity mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. It is first mentioned as King David’s escape route during the rebellion of his son Absalom
(2 Samuel 15:30)
After King Solomon turned away from God, he built pagan temples there for the gods of his foreign wives
(1 Kings 11:7-8)
Then later in the prophets; but it is most often referred to in the New Testament, being the route from Jerusalem to Bethany and a favorite location for Jesus' teachings to his pupils and where he wept over Jerusalem. Here, the Dominus Flevit
Jesus knew this well
In the New Testament, Jesus often travelled over the Mount of Olives on the 40-minute walk from the Temple to Bethany. He also went there to pray or to rest.
He went down the mount on his triumphal entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, on the way weeping over the city’s future destruction (Luke 19:29-44)
In a major address to his disciples on the mount, he foretold his Second Coming (Matthew 24:27-31).
He prayed there with his disciples the night before he was arrested (Matthew 26:30-56), And he ascended
Into heaven from there (Acts 1:1-12),
At the foot of the mountain, adjacent to the Church of All Nations, stand the Gardens of Gethsemane (Gat Shemanim- oil press in Hebrew),
He prayed there with his disciples the night before he was arrested (Matthew 26:30-56),
And he ascended into heaven from there (Acts 1:1-12),
In which one finds the golden turreted Russian Orthodox Church of Maria Magdalene. Besides the compound of churches adjacent to Mount Scopus at its north, which includes the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Basilica Eleona and the convent of Pater Noster, it is perhaps best known for the extensive cemetery that faces Jerusalem all along its western slopes.