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Jesus May Not Have Walked Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa: Scholars



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    Orthodox Christian pilgrims hold wooden crosses as they take part in the Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa on April 18, 2014 in Jerusalem's old city, Israel.

    Tradition says Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa was the route Jesus took in his final days in the place where he was condemned to die, but some scholars say Jesus may have taken another path.

    "From a historical point of view this is almost certainly not the route that Jesus took in his final days, in his final hours," a scholar on the life of Jesus at St. George's College in Jerusalem Reverend Hector Patmore said.

    "But this is a devotional route that's been walked for centuries by pilgrims, and when we walk here we're walking in the footsteps of centuries of pilgrims," he added.

    To find the actual route, scholars say you need an ancient map to locate the spot where Jesus was tried by the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate and work backwards from there.