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gethsemane


gethsemane


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Gethsemane 
  oil-press,  the  name  of  an  olive-yard  at  the  foot  of  the  Mount  of 
  Olives,  to  which  Jesus  was  wont  to  retire  (Luke  22:39)  with  his 
  disciples,  and  which  is  specially  memorable  as  being  the  scene 
  of  his  agony  (Mark  14:32;  John  18:1;  Luke  22:44).  The  plot  of 
  ground  pointed  out  as  Gethsemane  is  now  surrounded  by  a  wall, 
  and  is  laid  out  as  a  modern  European  flower-garden.  It  contains 
  eight  venerable  olive-trees,  the  age  of  which  cannot  however, 
  be  determined.  The  exact  site  of  Gethsemane  is  still  in 
  question.  Dr  Thomson  (The  Land  and  the  Book)  says:  "When  I 
  first  came  to  Jerusalem,  and  for  many  years  afterward,  this  plot 
  of  ground  was  open  to  all  whenever  they  chose  to  come  and 
  meditate  beneath  its  very  old  olivetrees.  The  Latins,  however, 
  have  within  the  last  few  years  succeeded  in  gaining  sole 
  possession,  and  have  built  a  high  wall  around  it...The  Greeks 
  have  invented  another  site  a  little  to  the  north  of  it...My  own 
  impression  is  that  both  are  wrong  The  position  is  too  near  the 
  city,  and  so  close  to  what  must  have  always  been  the  great 
  thoroughfare  eastward,  that  our  Lord  would  scarcely  have 
  selected  it  for  retirement  on  that  dangerous  and  dismal 
  night...I  am  inclined  to  place  the  garden  in  the  secluded  vale 
  several  hundred  yards  to  the  north-east  of  the  present 
  Gethsemane." 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Gethsemane,  a  very  fat  or  plentiful  vale