Friday -- Here and There Around Jerusalem
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We began the morning at Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Memorial) -- after skirting the Jerusalem Marathon.
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The welcoming plaza -- we were the first bus to arrive, can you tell?
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Hall of Memorial.
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Walls of the Hall of Memorial -- built with stones we saw up in Galilee -- like at Tel Dan.
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Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum (closed because of the cursed marathon!). The Shrine was open, just not the museum.
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Model of first century (Second Temple) Jerusalem.
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The Second Temple. Built by Herod, by the way.
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The black vs white motif of the Dead Sea Scroll monument -- following the theology of the Essene community.
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On the road to Herodium -- another palace built by Herod.
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Herodium.
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Sheep at the foot of Herodium.
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Model of King Herod's tomb -- recently discovered at Herodium.
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Climbing up Herodium, with Bethlehem in the background.
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Olive groves of Bethlehem.
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The view from the top of Herodium. Looking north toward Jersualem (I think).
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It was REALLY windy up there. And really, all day!
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Water cisterns under Herodium.
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Excavations around Herod's Tomb.
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Wet and windy and very, very cold after that trek.
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Lunch -- in a Bedouin tent. Chicken and lamb, it was delicious.
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Cave like where Jesus would have been born. Minus the pews, of course.
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A church nearby.
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More shopping in an olivewood store (we were on our way to the Garden Tomb and I did not have communion cups!)
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