The Mount of Olives is mountain ridge located to the southeast of the Old
City in Arab East Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives is mentioned in a few places
in the old testament but is a more significant player in the ministry and final
days of Jesus as recorded in the new testament. While it then follows that most
of the holy sites on the Mount of Olives are Christian, the Mount of Olives is
also the location of a massive and ancient Jewish cemetery that includes some
dramatic rock-cut tombs.
After breakfast, our tour of the Mount began from an observation point at
the top, from where we descended along steep and narrow streets to holy sites
below. Complicating the descent was my mother's bad knees, a brief rain shower
that made the streets quite slippery, and an unholy amount of automobile traffic.