The Garden of Gethsemane
Gethsemane, in Hebrew, means “oil press.” In Jesus’ time, this garden was about 1,200 sq. ft. in area. According to the New Covenant, Jesus always came here to pray. Also, Jesus was captured at this garden before His crucifixion (Matthew 26:36). It is possible that Jesus knew the owner of this garden, who allowed him to come for prayer and meditation.
Thousand years Old tree
Olive trees can live to be about 2,000 or even 3,000 years old. However, according to the Jewish historian Josephus, Roman soldiers chopped off all of the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Therefore, the present olive trees are not from Jesus’ time.
Thousand Years of root
Although the present olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are not the actual trees that grew there in Jesus’ time, a young-looking tree may in fact have ancient roots. According to Reuters, on 10/19/2012, five Italian universities’ carbon dating studies showed that samples taken from the olive trees at the Garden of Gethsemane were dated to at least 900 years old. Analysis of all eight olive trees’ DNAs found they were planted from the same parent plant; this could show a deliberate attempt to preserve a particular lineage for future generations.
The iron gate surrounds the olive trees for protection. Tourists can still walk around the garden. It is supposed to be a good place for meditation; however, the most tumultuous times are in the day time when the tourists are coming in and out. The best meditation time is in the early morning or late afternoon when there are not many tourists present.