Caesarea Philippi
Ein Gedi
fig trees
Golden Gate
Kidron Valley
Mt. Hermon
Mt. Olives
Mt. Nazareth
Western Wall



This is a a photo of the Moslem shrine "Dome of the Rock".  It stands in the area close to where the Jewish first century temple was once located.  Jerusalem joined a regional rebellion against Roman authority about 66 AD.  By 70 AD the Romans had surrounded Jerusalem and built siege walls and ramps against it.  The temple was burned and torn down, not one stone was left on another as Jesus had foretold while with his disciples.  As the Roman army approached Jerusalem, the Roman army briefly delayed before encircling Jerusalem; this may have given time for a few to escape if they had not wasted time to go back into their houses for their coats.  Flavius Josephus, a Jewish general who was spared by the Romans, wrote an account of the siege of Jerusalem and other events such as the siege of Masada and Gamala that were confirmed by archaeologists.  Josephus also wrote a paragraph about Jesus being a prophet of God and some text about John the Baptist having been popular amongst the people.

From William Whiston (1667 - 1752) translation of Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews; book VIII, chapter 3,  vrs. 3 - 10:

"3. Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, (9) those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; (10) as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day."