The Mount of Olives (Mount Olivet), just east of Old Jerusalem, was named for the olive trees that used to cover its hills. It has been used for a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years and holds about 150,000 graves. In the book of Acts (of the Apostles), the Mount of Olives is described as the place from which Jesus ascended into Heaven. Jews have wanted to be buried on the Mount of Olives since antiquity, based on the Jewish belief that, when the Messiah comes, the resurrection of the dead will begin there.
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