Kidron Valley

March 22nd 2011

While you’re in Jerusalem visit the Kidron Valley, located between the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives. Here you will find the oldest graves of the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, including Zechariah’s Tomb (a First Temple priest), the Tomb of the Sons of Hezir (a Second Temple priest family) and Absalom’s Tomb. Apparently Absalom, King David’s rebellious son, created the unique building for his grave so that he would be remembered. In addition, the resurrection of the dead during Messianic times is said to begin here as the righteous spirits in the cemetery will rise up and stream toward the Temple Mount.