Monday, March 28, 2011


“Now the dogs are barking tonight, Now the men will bargain as they stand beneath the light” – Peter Breinholt

I spent a semester in Jerusalem in the fall of 1994.  There is a special place in my heart for this historical city.  It was a real treat to be able to share it with Yvonne and walk it’s extraordinary streets together.  It would be difficult to describe our experiences here in a way that would do it justice, and I don’t want to bore you with a travelogue…. So, I’ll simply say that we did a lot of walking, and I enjoyed every step.  I  had even more fun watching Yvonne see these sights for the first time.  It was enchanting.
A few highlights:
We stayed in a charming convent and "pilgrim house" within the walls of the old city.  The view from outside our room was as good as you could ask for overlooking the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with the Mt. of Olives in the distance.  It was right on the Via Dolorosa and actually one of the stations of the cross in the supposed path that Christ took while carrying the cross.  The name of the convent was Ecce Homo, Latin for the phrase uttered by Pilate (Behold the Man).  Tradition is that we slept very near the spot where Christ was presented to the crowds with the crown of thorns. (
The view from the balcony outside our room
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The western “wailing” wall
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BYU Center for Near Eastern Studies
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The View from BYU Jerusalem
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The path of suffering where Jesus carried the cross
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Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu
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The walls of the old city (I’m hiding out like Nephi’s brothers)
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The Mt. of Olives – Graves and Olive Trees
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Tradition says that Christ was buried either near here: (church of the Holy Sepulchre)
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Or Here: (garden tomb)
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Probably more important is this:
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We thought these were interesting (notice what is not allowed at the school ;)
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1 comment:

  1. Jealous, Jealous, Jealous!
    I love the picture of Matt "hiding" out. What's the world coming too? When I was a kid we always had our automatic weapons at school.