Dome Of The Rock and Mount Olives, Jerusalem

Dome Of The Rock and Mount Olives, Jerusalem
The Mount Olives in Jerusalem named after the olive trees that once filled its slopes, The Mount of Olives has historically been the natural eastern border of Jerusalem, separating the city from the Judean Desert. Its close proximity to Jerusalem instilled the mountain with religious and mythical importance in Judaism and Christianity and as such mentioned often in the old and new testament. Within Jewish Theology, Mt. Olives plays a central role in the messianic redemption as some believe the Messiah himself will descend from the mountain to Jerusalem. According to Christian theology, Jesus had delivered sermons on the mount and this is the location of the ascension of Jesus to the heavens. The soft rock of the mountain combined with the belief that the end-of-days salvation shall begin on the Mount of Olives, has made the Mountain a popular burial site for many Jews such as the former Israeli Prime minister Menachem Begin. Famous Tombs and sites on the Mountain include Tomb of Zechariah, the Church of all Nations, the Church of Mary Magdalene, the Chapel of Ascension and Mary’s Tomb.

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