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Mount of Olives

“And David went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up.”  The Mount of Olives is first mentioned in connection with David’s flight from Absalom (II Samuel 15:30).

Named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes, Mount Olives  is a mountain ridge adjacent to the Jerusalem’s Old City.  The southern area of the Mount was the necropolis (burial ground) of the ancient Judean kingdom. The Mount is central to Jewish tradition since it has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years and holds approximately 150,000 graves. Several key events in the life of Jesus as related in the Gospels took place on the Mount of Olives, and in the Book of Acts it is described as the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven. Because of its association with both Jesus and Mary, the Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and is today a major site of Christian pilgrimage for Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christians.

 

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