City of David
The City of David was a district just south of Jerusalem. When the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in the 1st Century, they left no stone unturned, and the City of David was buried in Rubble.
It is important to note that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was bad. The entire old city was razed, which fulfilled prophecy (Matt.24:1-8). What we see today is not what existed at meridian of time. In fact, some modern archaeologist question if the Dome of the Rock is actually on the Temple Mount! They say it was more towards the City of David. (Now, that is interesting because that would mean the temple could be built without disturbing any of the Islamic sites. However, it would also mean the Western Wall was not part of Solomon’s Temple.)
We visited the excavation of the City of David today. This modern excavation, in time, will answer many questions.
View of Old Jerusalem in the Rain
The railing you see in the picture above are walkways. To the center left, the slope down is the ancient City of David. To the right of center is the Dome of the Rock.
City of David
The visitors’ center at the City of David is quite nice. John and Linda took time to take pictures of the carving on the wall.
City of David Gift Shop
We were waiting for Matt and Becca in the gift shop. It was cold and rainy outside. The one young lady (the blond) was from San Antonio, Texas. She explained dreidels usually say, “Something Important Happened There.” The ones sold in the City of David say (in Hebrew), “Something Important Happened Here.”
Hezekiah built a tunnel under the City of David. Today you can walk that tunnel. Actually, there are two tunnels, one for the water, the other for access by people. We walked the dry one.
In Hezekiah’s Tunnel
The water from the tunnel empties in to the Pool of Shiloam (or Siloam). This pool is where those going to the temple would stop and wash. Today, it is an archeological discovery (discovered in 2004). As a result of this discovery, we can now visit the very steps where Jesus healed the blind man.
Matt and Becca at the Steps Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man
It is a special place to be in this tunnel (above). Because of the destruction of Jerusalem, these steps would have been outdoors in Jesus’ time. However, today they in this reinforced tunnel where they are still working on uncovering what the Roman’s covered in 70 A.D.
Walking Where Jesus Walked
Looking Down the Stairs
I neglected to mention my breakfast. Here’s an example of breakfast at the Abraham Hostel: milk, salad, yogurt, bread, jam, hard boiled eggs and an orange.
It’s okay for a few days, but if you’re staying long term it can get a bit boring.
On the way to the car, in a puddle of water, Linda found a glove she lost. She was so excited to find it… as you can see (below).
Linda Found Her Glove!
We stopped at Omar so I could purchase a carving of Jesus for Elder and Sister Riggs (you can see it on the 2nd shelf above Brent Top’s elbow.) And, I ran in to Brent Top. It’s funny because Omar and I were just talking about him the other day, and … here he is.
I asked him to point to his business card on Omar’s shelf.
Brent L. Top at Omar’s
For lunch we stopped at a convenience store. The weather got nasty and we picked up some stuff to eat at the hostel.
Convenience Store Lunch
Dinner was at the hostel. They put on a Shabbat Dinner every Friday night. It’s a nice time and you always meet new people. We sat by a couple. He was German and she was Russian.
Our Table at the Shabbat Dinner
John volunteered to do the blessing on the wine.
Shabbat Dinner Blessing the Wine
Ah, dinner. Not a lot of protien, but I survived.
Tomorrow is church. Shabbat has started.
Singing is Mandatory