Hooks in the courtyard wall are used to erect their awnings, ribbons and flags on these occasions.
At the summit is the Russian Orthodox Church of the Ascension, dating from the late 19th century.Filed under: Israel and Palestine - In Jerusalem, Locations — Tags: 19, Ascension, Church of the Ascension, Crusaders, Dome of the Ascension, footprint, Imbomon, Jesus, Lutheran, mosque, Mount of Olives, Muslim, Russian Orthodox — pm Dome of the Ascension (© Israel Ministry of Tourism)" data-medium-file="https://i0com/ fit=666,529" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-3638 size-medium" src="https://i0com/ resize=300,238" alt="Dome of the Ascension" width="300" height="238" srcset="https://i0com/ w=666 666w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" / The shrine marking the place where Jesus is believed to have ascended to heaven offers Christians a disappointing experience.All that remains of the several churches built to celebrate the Ascension is a small octagonal structure on a property that is now part of a mosque.From this strategic position on the crest of the Mount of Olives, the Crusaders controlled the road between Jericho and Jerusalem.The footprints were still venerated, but now they were reported to be carved into the face of the rock.Celebrating the Ascension at the Dome of the Ascension (© Custodia Terrae Sanctae)" data-medium-file="https://i2com/ fit=674,449" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-3640 size-medium" src="https://i2com/ resize=300,199" alt="Dome of the Ascension" width="300" height="199" srcset="https://i2com/ w=674 674w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" / The Muslims also walled in the open spaces between the columns and put a dome over the opening in the roof.
The ornately carved capitals on top of the columns are well preserved. The various Christian communities are permitted to hold celebrations here on their Ascension feast days.
(Although Godfrey also has posted a TL; DR of his own analysis here.) Covington only asks me to address Mc Grath’s where-is-Sheol argument, but Godfrey (below) already nails that. 318-20, even though the word “Docetism” is in the index.
In fact I think this is embarrassing for Mc Grath: I have an extensive section in the book addressing his very questions (Elements 34-38 in ch. Because he appears wholly unaware of it, and addresses none of the evidence in it. Because he never mentions what I said about it, even when it answers the very things he says about it.
Part of this rock remains today in the Dome of the Ascension, although the Muslims have moved it adjacent to a mihrab they inserted to indicate the direction of Mecca.
They took the section bearing the left footprint to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, where it was placed behind the pulpit there.
Here I address his “Did Jesus Die in Outer Space.” Critics have already adequately shown the problems with Mc Grath in understanding facts and logic, so I don’t need to reproduce their work.