Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Joel's J's

Today's ABC Wednesday meme in blogland features the letter J.

Jumpin' Jehoshaphat! How to choose just one or two J words when this whole blog is about J's?!
Jerusalem Hills, Jerusalem, Judea, Jewish State, Jews, Jacob, Jesus, John . . . just which photos to judge as fitting?? Jeepers! Hebrew does not even have a sound or a letter J. All these names you see here really begin with Y.
Between the Old City wall and the Mount of Olives lies the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
More commonly called the Kidron Valley, it has lots of olive trees

and LOTS of old graves.

In the short Biblical book of JOEL (3:1-2) God says "For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there. . . ."

The prophet Joel is depicted in this statue at Yad HaShmona Biblical Garden:

He is quoting God in Joel 2:13: "Return to me with all your heart. . . and rend your hearts and not your garments."
This verse ends with the words very central to the liturgy of our High Holy Days, the Days of Awe culminating in the Day of Atonement: "Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil."

33 comments:

Webradio said...

Bonsoir Dina !
Tu as là encore de jolies photos de Ton pays...

Près de mon ordinateur, j'ai des dictionnaires de traduction, et la Bible... J'ai vérifié pour les citations.
Joli texte...
A plus tard.
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Hi Dina !
You again pretty pictures of your country...

Near my computer, I have translating dictionaries, and the Bible... I checked for quotations.
Nice text...
See you later.

Abraham Lincoln said...

You really have a lot of "J" for your post and it is well done. I like your photography and as usual it is an inspiration to me.

I have nothing so special but I did post a scene I photographed in 1954 right after color slide film came out. It is on

tipper said...

Just amazing photos-loved this post!

Leora said...

I loved that sculpture. Makes me want to study the book of Joel just to understand the sculptor and his motivation.

ellen b said...

Yes indeed Jerusalem is surrounded with J's. I'm thrilled to see this statue. A verse I'm posting tomorrow is from Micah "You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea"
Who is a God like our God?

Reader Wil said...

The sculpture is absolutelu impressive and one feels the despair of the prophet.Great post Dina!

dulce said...

So many Js indeed!!! I loved the photos and your explanations.

shutterhappyjenn said...

Wow... great place! I love all the pictures!!

I have two entries this week,you can check it out here and here.

Lew said...

Very inspiring to see pictures of places with such religious significance. It must really be a thrill to work bringing that history back to life!

mommanator said...

beautiful account of your land!

Suzanne said...

Dina,
The last photo is great, nice angle. I thought J was easy too - way too many J's to depict.

Bear Naked said...

You have again through your photos taken me on a wonderfyl tour of Jerusalem.
Thank you.

Bear((( )))

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hello Dina
I found this a most interesting post... all your posts are interesting no matter what day you post on...
I liked the picture below of the 'Startrek Dog... ha!

RuneE said...

And I had problems finding a proper J! Thank you for teaching me that J really is Y - a day without learning is a day wasted.

evlahos said...

wonderful post. thank you for the info and places that i have not yet seen.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

this was definitly a lot of j's in a short post!
jerusalem is one place we would defintely like to visit as a family, but i'm not quite sure when that will be...

crete said...

Hi Dina,

It is wonderful to see Israel through your pictures. Here on the island of Crete where I live we have similar terrain. Soon, in a month or two we will be picking the olives. We have 32 trees and it can be quite hard work for the two of us, but the oil is superb.

All the best

Ray

Laurie said...

Amazing photos, Dina. I feel like I was led on a tour through this place -- and I've always wanted to see it. Thank you!

I really love your blog. I need to catch up on your recent posts...

Abraham Lincoln said...

I came back to tell you that my first camera in memory was a Brownie Hawkeye but it wasn't mine but belonged to the neighbor and I did take a few photos with that before I went overseas. I had forgotten.

kjpweb said...

Excellent! I love the views!
Cheers, Klaus

mrsnesbitt said...

I thought of you when I was thinking about my own J!
Great collection, thanks so much!
Dx

magiceye said...

very interesting post!

Louis la Vache said...

Great "J" post, Dina! "Louis" appreciates your quotes of the liturgy.

babooshka said...

A wonderful virtual journey around the most spiritaul J.

leslie said...

You live in such an incredible place - no, not incredible - awesome! As in our Awesome God! Wonderful photos of a place I'd like to see for myself some day. Thank you for sharing, Dina.

Louise said...

Always love, love, love your Biblical historical posts! This one quite excellent!

ichandrae said...

beautiful Dina.
Masterpeice of a sculpture- the rending of agonizing religious ecstacy.

Tash said...

J is your letter! The sculpture is increadible. Nice story - as you always bring to us.

kouji said...

so true. :) this is your letter indeed. :)

really striking photos these. :O the wall and the statue...

JC said...

Great J day Dina!!! It never occurred to me that Hebrew doesn't have a J. I need to learn Hebrew. I love to hear it spoken. Have a great day.

Shimmy Mom said...

Wonderful post Dina!
*hugs*

2sweetnsaxy said...

I really enjoyed this post. It's great to see these pics side by side with words from the bible.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

The statue of the prophet Joel and the scripture reference is a mighty message!