Israel Recreates Path of Jesus’ Last Walk
JERUSALEM (AP) _ The Bible says Jesus walked through the Kidron Valley in his last moments before being arrested. Tourists may soon be able to retrace his footsteps.
According to the Bible, Jesus walked through the valley from the site of the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, where he was betrayed to the Romans by Judas and arrested.
The East Jerusalem Development Corp., funded by the city of Jerusalem and the state of Israel, is building a stone pathway through the valley that will let tourists walk from the Old City to churches in the Gethsemane area.
The area has a number of important religious sites, including the traditional tomb of Mary, mother of Jesus, and the site where the Bible says Jesus wept and predicted the destruction of Jerusalem.
``The paths were covered with rubble for hundreds of years,″ said Amnon Lorch, chairman of the corporation.
Lorch said there is no archaeological evidence of Jesus’ walk, but the the path is ``the only logical way″ Jesus could have gone from the Last Supper to the Mount of Olives based on descriptions in the Bible.
Father Jerome Murphy O’Connor, a Biblical scholar and archaeologist, said the location seemed ``very probable.″
The path is part of a renovation of the entire area, including the room where the Last Supper is traditionally believed to have been held.
Lorch said tourism officials hope the walkway will relieve crowding at more popular sites such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of the crucifixion of Jesus.