Cuz the bible tells me so

Back with the news from the war zone – i’ve been really busy with my work so i had no time to write anything. Not so long ago we went to Jerusalem and Bethlehem (Palestine) to check out Jesus places. It was really cool, i took unbelievable amount of pictures, even though i’ve been to Jerusalem before.

Everything started with this (which promised the safe journey):

In the morning, we went to Gethsemane garden – the garden where Jesus and his disciples had the last supper, the night before the crucifixion. The olive trees in the garden are around 2000 years old.
gethsemane trees

We also were lucky to witness an apparition of a lovely nun and a monk collecting olives from the holy trees, and, of course, many other fools like us were taking pictures of them:
collecting olives

And here’s where Jesus was arrested after Judas betrayed him -

The Gethsemane grotto:

the grotto

We walked the Via Dolorosa and visited Church of the Agony, which contains a bedrock where Jesus prayed before the night of his arrest:

The church:

church of agony

The bedrock:

the bedrock

After that we went to visit the Tomb of Virgin Mary:

The outside:

mary's tomb-entrance

The inside:

mary's tomb-the inside

We also checked out the Church of Mary Magdalene, which is a Russian orthodox church -

The outside:

mary's tomb-the inside

Russian orthodox monk cat:


Due to the vow of silence it couldn’t respond to any sounds we made.

No fun allowed!!!!:


All of the above is situated at the Mount of Olives. And this is the view one can see from it:

The Gate:

The Golden gate of Jerusalem – the oldest gate – through which the Messiah will enter Jerusalem on a white donkey. There is an ancient cemetery close to the gate, so these will be the luckiest ones to be resurrected before everyone else.
the golden gate

And then we went to Bethlehem, had some nice food there and visited the Church of the Nativity – where Jesus was born.

Church of the Nativity – the door:

nativity church

Jesus’ manger:

the manger

This is the place where Jesus was born!!!

the place

To get into that grotto (called the Nativity Grotto) we had to be surrounded and trapped by the Greek orthodox middle-aged women who wouldn’t stop singing in a boisterous manner, and at some point i thought i was going to have an attack of agoraphobia. We had to move very slowly and eventually we reached the spot. I do not want to imagine what happens at this place on Christmas.

The wall which separates Israel and Palestine:

the wall

Monger square – the main square in Bethlehem:

the wall

This guy can play with his foot:

the wall

Palestinian beer:

the wall

The birth is cool and everything, but we had to head out to the Holy Sepulchre. Palestine seemed like a nice place, and certainly, no one was running around with guns on this side of the wall as well.
So, the Holy Sepulchre – where Jesus died.

The outside of the church:

the church

The stone of the Annointing:

This is where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial and annointed with oils. Some people want to kiss it, some to touch it, and some to annoint their plastic bags and towels.

The tomb:

This place is believed to be where Jesus’ body was laid in the tomb. The vase of candles marks the place where his head was. The banner behind it varies with the liturgical seasons: this one is after Easter and says “Christ is Risen”.
the tomb

The plaque!:

It says – have mercy on your servant Kaiaphas.
( :pleased: yay!!! they mentioned the name of my band!!!)

After that, we went through Jerusalem market to the Wailing wall, and from there, through the Dung gate, we left Jerusalem and went to where dung goes -out, down from the mountain and home.

wailing wall

Comments (11)
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11 Users Responded To " Cuz the bible tells me so "

jesie said,

11-29-2007 at 10:26:03     

I would love to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem too. But I know it is going to be difficult.

Nice shots. Faved. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day.

Lien said,

12-1-2007 at 00:40:27     

Hey, Omega

How are you?

I was just wondering if you might now the translation of this: “Tohu Tehom Theli Than Leviathan Tanin’iver Taninsam! Tohu Tehom Theli Than Leviathan Tanin’iver Taninsam!”

It’s just a part of a Dissection’s song.
For me it looks like hebrew or aramaic and I’m way too curious to know what it is.


omega said,

12-19-2007 at 17:04:12     

hi Jesie, thanks for the comment! it shouldn’t be difficult to go to jerusalem though, and the bethlehem border control even lets israelis in (not looking at their passports) because they know they gain $$ from the tours :satsmoke:
And thank you for faving my pix!!! :)

omega said,

12-19-2007 at 17:08:15     

Hey mister Lienhard
well…let’s see… :rasta: tohu is chaos , tehom is void, theli is theli , than – who knows what they wanted to say (propably just thought that the word is pretty) leviathan is, actually, just a poor whale and not such an evil demon in hebrew, taniniver – :grin: is a blind crocodile, tanin sam is a drugged crocodile :))) like the translation? :metal:

marianne said,

1-5-2008 at 22:35:51     

Hi Omega!
Thanks for visiting my weblog and leaving a comment.
You have an interesting blog unlike what I see most of the time but that´s what makes it nice!
You make beautiful pictures and I see you like cats just as I do, they are allways great models.
See you around!
Greetings Marianne

omega said,

1-7-2008 at 10:47:43     

Thanks Marianne!

Varun said,

3-4-2009 at 01:41:20     

Hi Omega,

I really love all the snaps posted here in this website. I really want to thank u for sharing these photos with us. May God Bless You for ever & ever. Now i also want to visit Jerusalem but…. :-( Anyways after viewing these snaps im feeing as if i have visited Jerusalem… lol…

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures dear…

With Regards,

Varun´s last blog post..Web 2.0 cat

omega said,

3-10-2009 at 18:20:08     

Hi Varun,
Thank you for your comment, i’m happy you enjoyed my post. You should definitely visit Jerusalem, it’s safer than the media says. Someday i’ll visit India as well, i have been wanting to for a long time…

pamela said,

4-29-2009 at 18:57:26     

i was very happy to see the pictures,i dont think it is possible for me to visit jerusalem at all,but after seeing these pictures im so content ,thanks to you for the lovely pictures,god bless u ! :eyes:

omega said,

5-2-2009 at 12:54:01     

Thank you Pamela! I don’t know why so many people say it’s not possible for them to visit Jerusalem, if one has a valid passport and is not carrying bombs in their luggage, one can visit Jerusalem as much as any other country.

fitri said,

2-2-2010 at 16:44:21     

Thank you for the lovely pictures. It remind me of my visit to Jerusalem in 1995. Its a lovely place all should make an attempt to go. I look forward to go again.

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