Excerpt from The Holy Land and the Bible, Vol. 2: A Book of Scripture Illustrations Gathered in Palestine
The tradition of the Jews, current in our Lord's day, associated with this monument the Prophet Zechariah, who was stoned, by command Of King J oash, in the court Of the ... house Of the Lord; 1 and it may well be that Christ was looking down upon it from the Temple courts close above, on the Opposite side Of the valley, when He ad dressed the Pharisees, with whom He had been disputing in the bitter words: Woe untoyou, scribes and Phari sees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the pro phets, and. Garnish the sepulchres Of the righteous Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves that ye are the children Of them which killed the prophets. 2 I noticed square holes in the rock on the south side, probably the sockets in which the masons rested the beams Of the scaffold while they were cutting out the tomb.
The so-called Tomb Of Absalom is the most stately Of the four monuments. It is forty-seven feet high, and nearly twenty feet square hewn. Like that Of Zechariah.
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