CAPITAL CONTEXT: Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

The original Dome of the Rock was built at the end of the seventh century by the Umayyad ruler, Abd el-Malek.

May 3, 2018 23:51
A panoramic view of the Mount of Olives

A panoramic view of the Mount of Olives. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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THE PROMENADE on the Mount of Olives offers a breathtaking view of the Temple Mount or Mount Moriah, the Old City, and the Judean desert to the east.

The Mount of Olives has 3 peaks, the highest of which is 826 meters above sea level. It is also called the “Mount of Ascent” (II Samuel 15:30; I Kings 11:7; II Kings 23:13; Ezekiel 11:23; and Zechariah 14:4) – where, according to tradition, the Messianic Age will begin to reveal itself.


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