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Final Days

By • Jul 7th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My time in Jerusalem has come to a close. The sunset pictured above was from my last night in Israel. It was taken just south-west of Jerusalem at Yad Kennedy. From the picture, one is able to understand the mountainous terrain of the region. As my time came to a close, I covered as much […]


By • Jun 27th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The dominating theme this week was “tombs,” and the picture above captures some of the tombs I visited in the Kidron Valley. In the middle is the Tomb of Zachariah, the pyramid topped structure cut away from the side of the mountain. To the left, one can see two columns, which is the family Tomb […]

Closures and Weird Hours Yet Still Productive

By • Jun 19th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Considering the many unforeseen circumstances this week, I feel like it was very productive. I was faced with closures and weird hours on multiple occasions. Still, I was able to effectively cover the Christian Quarter, the Walls and Gates, and most of the Mount of Olives. In addition, I was able to cover some smaller […]

Week Near the Western Wall

By • Jun 11th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I began thinking about this week’s blog post last night, I wondered about the picture I would use. I could not think of one that would work well, so I hoped I would be able to take the picture today. I was wrong about that. My problem was that I did and saw so […]

Three Days in Jerusalem

By • Jun 7th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I started my journey this week, when I began flying on Tuesday, May 31 but did not arrive in Jerusalem until about noon on Wednesday, June 1. On Thursday, I began my research. I had planned to visit the Citadel, now the Tower of David Museum, but it was closed for some reason. Instead, I […]

Jerusalem Trip Preparation

By • May 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Through the Meyers-Stern Summer Scholarship, I have the opportunity to travel to Jerusalem, Israel for the entire month of June. I will be studying the role of the Temple Mount and the Holy Sepulchre in Judaic and Christian pilgrimages during Late Antiquity. Some questions that I would like to answer include: Why were the pilgrimages […]