Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Following the Road to Emmaus (before it’s too late)

It was the first Easter, two thousand years ago. Two confused, disheartened disciples are on their way out of Jerusalem, encounter a stranger on the road, and quickly find themselves as students in the infant Church’s first Sunday School class! — … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: THE COLOSSAL STONES OF BAALBEK

Here’s a photo that sort of jumped out at me a while back, it was so striking: a great quarry stone at the ancient site of Baalbek in Lebanon. Look at the people, look at the scale! This stone, which was … Continue reading

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*UPDATED* Restoration Work Begins on the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre

This post mostly reflects my own curiosity about the restoration work just getting underway at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. The specific focus is the edicule, the built structure which stands at the center of … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: GRAF ZEPPELIN OVER JERUSALEM

The view here is looking eastward across the Old City, the vantage point a rooftop, or perhaps the city wall, in the Christian Quarter. The large gray dome (bottom) is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; beyond that the distinctive … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: ONE MAN’S GIFT TO JERUSALEM

The subject of this American Colony photograph is a seemingly undistinguished public building in West Jerusalem, newly erected in the late 1920s. While the architecture is not that interesting in itself, the life and contributions of the man behind it … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: A TREE FIT FOR A PRINCE

I FIRST ENCOUNTERED this image while helping with a publication project of American Colony/Eric Matson photographs several years ago. Asked to write background notes for hundreds of Jerusalem pictures, I at first could only scratch my head over this one, … Continue reading

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Yes, It’s a War

When violence flares in the land that was my home home for so many years, it’s distressing, of course, and not always easy for people to fathom. But the truth is: the violence is there perennially, underneath most people’s radar, … Continue reading

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