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Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series

In this second series, we continue our trek as we take in key locations around the iconic city of Jerusalem. Join Andrew Ollerton as he shows us King David’s Palace, Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the famous walls built after the exile by Nehemiah. Discover the biblical significance of this ancient city as it relates to key stories and events from the Old Testament. 

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Synagogue under the Western Wall | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 08)

Synagogue under the Western Wall | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 08

Below the streets of Jerusalem, underneath the famous Western Wall, exists an underground synagogue. In this extraordinary film, you can see the cage that contains the sacred Torah, the lectern from where the Scriptures are read and the menorah candles burning as a symbol of God’s faithfulness.
The Western Wall | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 07)

The Western Wall | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 07

This episode takes us up close to the famous Western Wall in Jerusalem. This is a holy site, a place of pilgrimage, where the Torah is read and Jewish men come to lament and pray for Israel. It is a section of the great retaining wall created as part of Herod the Great's rebuilding of the temple.
Nehemiah rebuilds the wall | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 06)

Nehemiah rebuilds the wall | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 06

The old city walls of Jerusalem were destroyed, along with the temple, by King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians in 600 BC, and the city was reduced to rubble. God’s people were marched out of the city and taken to Babylon. A few decades later, Nehemiah was used by God to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls. Nehemiah, alongside the prophet Ezra, restored the physical city of Jerusalem and the spiritual condition of Israel as the people returned from Babylon to inhabit their city again.
A water cistern and the prophet Jeremiah | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 05)

A water cistern and the prophet Jeremiah | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 05

A water cistern was an artificial reservoir dug into the earth for storing vital fresh water supplies. A cracked or broken cistern was virtually useless. The prophet Jeremiah used this illustration of a broken cistern to warn God’s people that they were spiritually bankrupt and empty and that they were facing dire consequences. In Jeremiah 38, we read that Jeremiah’s words were rejected and that he was dropped into a cistern to die. He survived, but his prophecies were realised when Israel experienced exile around 586 BC.
The Broad Wall and a Refugee Crisis | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 04)

The Broad Wall and a Refugee Crisis | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 04

The building of the Broad Wall was commissioned by King Hezekiah in the eighth century BC. As the Assyrian army marched towards Jerusalem, the King ordered the building of a wall seven metres wide to protect Jerusalem and provide safety and protection for refugees who were fleeing Assyria. The remnant of the Broad Wall takes us right back to this historic event found in 2 Chronicles 32.
Hezekiah’s Tunnel | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 03)

Hezekiah’s Tunnel | Bible Trek – Jerusalem in the Old Testament Series – 03

In one of the most ancient parts of Jerusalem you can explore Hezekiah’s Tunnel. This underground water system dates back to the eighth century BC and is referenced in the books of 2 Chronicles and 2 Kings. The site represents a remarkable feat of underground engineering in which the Gihon Spring was re-routed to connect with the Pool of Siloam and secure a vital water source for the city in a time of crisis.

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