Mt. Scopus is where Titus had made his command camp during the seige of Jerusalem because he had a good commanding look-out over the area of the Temple Mount - hence its name Mount Scopus. Down in the valley, barely seen against the background of the trees, must surely be the Tomb of Mary dating from Byzantine times, built at the end of the 4th century under Theodosius 1st. The Crusaders later added to it. Mary's parents are traditionally buried there and facing them on the opposite side of the steps leading down to the chapel is buried Melissanda the wife of Fulke d'Anjou, famous for her extreme piety and for having had her own special Psaltery published. Following the line of trees stretching away from the Tomb of Mary and round to the left, beyond the edge of the spur, we would be able to see the area of today's Garden of Gethsemane and the remains of the Byzantine and later Crusader church now occcupied by the Church of the Agony.
Further beyond still, lower down and just sticking up behind the next spur, we can see the pointed, concave dome of the Pillar of Absalom, which he prepared for himself because he had no sons to remember him, and beyond that, hidden completely from sight, the tombs of the Priestly family B'nei Hezir and the Tomb of Zacharia.
In the second picture we are looking north from a point somewhere between Bethlehem and Jerusalem - not too far from either. The clump of buildings in the valley could well mark the Spring of Rogel - the boundary marker between the settlements of the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin. The two domes of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre can be see quite clearly left of centre on the skyline of Jerusalem. The eastern flank of the City of David, south of the walls of Jerusalem, where it drops into the Valley of Kidron could, perhaps, be a little more precipitous.
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