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  • The passages that come after Jesus ascended into heaven in acts 1 talks about the disciples coming down from the mount of olives
  • Acts says that the mount of olives is a Shabbat days walk === .62 Miles / 1 Km.
  • Question #1: So did Jesus ascend into heaven from the mount of olives?
  • Question #2: If you see the map below and measure the distance as a straight line(assuming there were no sophisticated roads back then, See Yellow Line) it would be at least 3 km. Why the discrepancy?

Acts 1:9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts 1:12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city.

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  • As Acts 1:12 explicitly says, a Sabbath's walk is measured from the city limits. – Lucian May 8 at 21:13
  • @Lucian, Actually the Shabbat day's walk is around .62 miles / 1 km from where you are or within the city limits. This was so to enable rest and people dont move too much. That said the old city of Jerusalem is just about 1 square km so does not really matter. travelingisrael.com/old-city-jerusalem – Yeddu May 9 at 4:50
  • Normally, this post would deserve three down-votes: one for not being able to understand a plain and simple sentence, one for flawed logic, one for not having the decency to click on a simple link. However, I am limited to just one down-vote. – Lucian May 9 at 7:55
  • @ Lucian, Did not quite understand your points. I read several documents about Shabbat's day walk. It is Ok if you downvote you may be right. I want to learn the truth so ask questions. Thanks for your reply. – Yeddu May 9 at 8:18
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    I have; how is it connected to this question ? – Lucian May 9 at 10:14
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Acts 1:12

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city.

Your map show today's Jerusalem. Acts 1 is talking about Jerusalem two thousand years ago. Also, Jerusalem was a big city. Acts 1 does not specify precisely where in Jerusalem was the spot that the apostles returned to.

So did Jesus ascend into heaven from the mount of olives?

Luke 24:

50When Jesus had led them out as far as Bethany, He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51While He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy

Bethany was a village on the Mount of Olives.

Acts 1:

9 After he [Jesus] said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

12Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.

The traditional site of the Ascension is the Mount of Olives, on which the village of Bethany sits.

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  • Tony, Archeologists have found David's Palace and the Old City. They have proof that the place has items that date 3000 years old. The disciples would have met somewhere in the city and and it does not really matter as the old city of Jerusalem is just about 1 square km travelingisrael.com/old-city-jerusalem – Yeddu May 9 at 4:46
  • Check this link has a lot of information pertinent to Jesus teaching across towns and villages bible-history.com/map_jesus/… – Yeddu May 9 at 5:36

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