Gethsemane Postcard

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Another evidence that precludes the trees dating to the time of Jesus is the report by Josephus that all trees around Jerusalem were cut down by the Romans to use for their siegeworks (J.W. 5:107, 262, 264).  Photographed by Todd Bolen © oldest olive trees on the Mount of Olives are located in the garden next to the Church of All Nations. This garden is always a place of beauty because of the faithful labors of the Franciscan caretakers.  Photographed by Todd Bolen © tour guides have claimed that these olive trees date back to the time of Jesus, scientific analysis thus far has only confirmed that they date to the 12th century.  Photographed by Todd Bolen ©

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