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Mount of the Anointing

The “Mount of Anointing” recalls that olive oil from the local trees was used to anoint the kings of Judah in biblical times

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This hill on the south slope of the Mount of Olives has two names – the first pleasing, and the other, rather disturbing.

 

The “Mount of Anointing” recalls that olive oil from the local trees was used to anoint the kings of Judah in biblical times, but the ancients also believed that this was the “hill east of Jerusalem” where Solomon built altars for the idols of his foreign wives (I Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 23:13). Thus they made a bitter pun on the Hebrew word for anointing – mishkha, turning it into the similar-sounding mashkhit – corruption! 

In a more optimistic vein, legend also has it that the olive branch the dove brought Noah came from a tree that grew here.

The roof of the mount’s Catholic guesthouse, the House of Abraham, affords an unusual perspective of the Temple Mount, the Kidron Valley and Mount Zion.

 

 

 

 Sites & Attractions

 
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to Christian tradition, the Church of the H...
Catholic church of the Benedictine Fathers, built between the years 1900-1910. Accordin...
The Room of the Last Supper – The Coenaculum. According to Christian tradition, already...
Museum displays Islamic art since the 7th century. Earthenware, glassware and decorativ...
The winery was established in 2005 and it produces approximately 20,000 bottles annuall...
This gate, in the eastern Temple Mount wall, is also called the Gate of Mercy or the Ea...
 

 Accommodations

 
Since 1964 Commodore Hotel is located on the road going up to Mt. of Olives in a perfec...
The modern, stylish, classic European desighed Ein Kerem Hotel, is located near Ein Ker...
Located in the heart of the city with magnificent views of the Old City walls, the Towe...
Christian Sites