Sunday, January 6, 2013

The city of God

Psalm 87

1. Of the Korachites. A psalm. 
A song, its foundation on the holy mountains.

2. The LORD loves the gates of Zion, more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3. Of you glorious things are spoken, O city of God.   Selah.

4. I recall Rahab and Babylon to those who acknowledge Me; behold: Philistia and Tyre, with Nubia―“This one was born there.”

5. But of Zion, it is said, “Every single person was born in it.” He, the Most High, establishes it.
6. The LORD records in the census of peoples: “This one was born there.”   Selah.

7. And they, singing as they dance: “All my roots are in you.”

Translation: Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal.

PHOTOS (all are enlargeable)

1. Zion Gate
2. Heinrich Bünting's map of 1581 with Jerusalem (Zion) as  center of the world.
Please enlarge the photo to appreciate the ceramic map.
More about this work in a previous post.
3-4. Singers/drummers/shofar blowers lead the joyful procession through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City down to the Western Wall where the boy will become a bar mitsvah.
This post is for Robert Geiss' weekly PsalmChallenge at daily athens photo.
You are welcome to join in illustrating the Book of Psalms.
(Also linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors meme.)


Kay said...

It occurs to me , Dina that you would be an awesome rabbi or priest. When I say priest, I mean either Christian or Buddhist.

Dina said...

Oh gosh, Kay, thank you. It's true that I greatly admire good rabbis and priests and ministers, but I could never be one.
I do better at listening than talking.
BTW, are there even females priests in Buddhism?

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful pictures Dina. And how cool that we had the same picture from the bar mitsvah. Wonder if it's the same man?
Hope you have a blessed week ahead!:-)

Sara said...

Shalom Dina, thank you for the photo of the Zion gate! And the men making a joyful noise, carrying their blue and white of them made it all the way over to Tania's post too. Have a wonderful week.

Mary Gerdt said...

I love reading the studies and then seeing what everyone posts, their own song. I love the gate of Zion and the map and other photos at the source so to speak. have a great week. mary

Anonymous said...

The gate looks like an adventure as well. Wonderful, that one can still touch, walk on and through history.

Impressive that history and culture are kept that strong alive. In the capital city; over here, as far as I have seen so far, none alike.

Thank you for this great impressions from your environment once again, and your kind participation. Please have a good new week ahead.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I too am taken with the gate, such history in your part of the world.

toby said...

Gorgeous shots all! The do-not-enter signs outside the gate made me smile, too - that seems very poignant, somehow :)

VP said...

Love that map and it is perfect on that wall!

Ralph said...

The walls were of a great fortress once - but even greater as the city of the Lord. It looks mighty as a homage to him...