Sunday, January 16, 2011
We spent the morning at the Wailing Wall (the closest possible point to where the Holy of Holies was on the other side of the wall). We went through the tunnel which follows Herod's road along the western wall. We are standing at the gate at the southern end of the Temple mound. This is Huldah's Gate and the steps we're on is the place where Jesus taught people at the Temple. It is also where Peter preached the first gospel sermon on the Day of Pentecost. At the foot of these steps are a series of Jewish baptistries called Mikveh where the first 3000 Christians were baptized. There are 62 Mikvehs in this area. Jewish people immersed themselves in the waters before going into the Temple. The stairs into the Mikvehs were section right and left. They descended on the left before purification and ascended the right hand stairs purified. 3000 could have been baptized there.