The Garden of Gethsemane, through the city gates over steep sides of the ravine across the wady of the Kedron, half a mile from the city walls. The name Gethsemane means the "olive-press".

From the supper room, Jesus and the disciples came down the hill to the brook Kedron, crossed it, and went up to the Mount of Olives to Gethsemane - a half hours walk. The "garden" was a small plantation of olive trees containing on olive press. Who was the owner? A friend, perhaps, surely Jesus would not made the private property of a stranger a frequent sleeping place for himself and the 12. The name "oil press" suggests an olive grove containing a press and perhaps surrounded by a wall, all of which coincides with the name of the Mount of Olives.

Jesus was a man of prayer. He knew a secret garden of the soul of which the Garden of Gethsemane, beyond the brook Kedron, is but a type. Into this secret garden of the soul He withdrew constantly for to Him prayer was a very real and spontaneous experience of searching for the will of God and of unifying His own will with that of His heavenly Father's. But on Gethsemane we behold a being of heroic proportions. "Ecce Homo!" Behold the Man. "Perfect through suffering. In which, he endured his agony, and was betrayed by Judas. Early, tradition locates Gethsemane near the base of mount Olivet, beyond the summit of Gerizim.
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