- Zechariah 14:4
Its earliest tombs are located at the foot of the mountain in the Kidron Valley, where Jewish kings, priests and prophets (Zechariah) are said to be buried. Elsewhere in the cemetery are Jewish rabbis and Zionist leaders, a Nobel Laureate for Literature (S.Y. Agnon), and an Israeli prime minister (Menachem Begin).
All the bodies in the cemetery are buried with their feet facing the Temple Mount so that when the Messiah returns to earth, there will be no confusion as to which direction they should go.
The cemetery is still used today but could run out of space in 10 years. There are more than 150,000 identified plots in the cemetery, and scholars expect there are many more that have not been identified.
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw