The Garden of Gethsemane

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Garden of Gethsemane
Location of Gethsemane
31.779402°N, 35.240197° E

The Garden of Gethsemane in mentioned specifically only twice in the King James Bible (Matthew 26:36, Mark 14:32) and is referenced in John 18:1 and Luke 22:40. It is located on the western foot of the Mount of Olives, beyond the brook Kidron, and is only a short distance from Jerusalem. The villages of Bethany and Bethphage are also located very near the mount.

The garden itself is flat and less than 57 square yards (47 1/2 square meters) in area. Composed of two Hebrew words, the English word Gethsemane can mean "valley of fatness" or fertile valley, "olive press" or "oil press."

Although John calls the area where Gethsemane is located a garden, it was not a garden we would think have today. Rather than a place to grow vegetables and other foods, it was a place where the planting and harvesting of trees producing olives, pomegranates and figs took place. In Gethsemane there exists some olive trees that were planted roughly nine hundred years ago.

Judas betrayed Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane right after the disciples finished what is commonly called 'the Last Supper.' The arrest of Christ, which was against both Roman and Jewish law, occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, April 5 in 30 A.D. The arrest would soon lead to Jesus' crucifixion later in the day.

1. After saying these things, Jesus went out with His disciples to a place beyond the winter stream of Kidron, where there was a garden . . .

4. Jesus . . . went forward and said to them (Judas, the temple guards and religious leaders who came to arrest him), "Whom are you seeking?" 5. They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarean." . . . Therefore, if you are seeking Me, allow these to go their way"; (John 18:1, 4 - 5, 8)

It was in Eden, the Garden of God, where man received the kiss of life. Man 'returned the favor' by giving Jesus (who was God in the flesh) the kiss of death in Gethsemane's garden.

It came from the Bible

The science fiction book 'Stranger in a Strange Land' was written in 1961 by Robert Heinlein. A best-seller around the world, it proved that the Sci-Fi genre of entertainment could appeal to a wide audience. The Science Channel listed the book as one of the ten best Sci-fi writings ever.

The title of the book came from Exodus 2:22. Moses had fled Egypt when he was around 40 to live in the land of Midian. He soon married the daughter of a Midian priest and had a son. Moses named his first child Gershom, which means 'I have been a stranger in a strange land.'

 
 
 
 
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