AC 7:54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."
AC 7:57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
AC 7:59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.
The Lions' Gate (Hebrew: שער
האריות Sha'ar Ha'Arayot,
Arabic: باب الأسباط, also St. Stephen's
Gate or Sheep Gate) is located in the Old City Walls of Jerusalem and is one of
seven open Gates in Jerusalem's Old City Walls.
Located in the east wall, the entrance marks the beginning
of the traditional Christian observance of the last walk of Jesus from prison
to crucifixion, the Via Dolorosa. Near the gate’s crest are four figures of
panthers, often mistaken for lions, two on the left and two on the right. They
were placed there by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent to celebrate the Ottoman
defeat of the Mamluks in 1517. Legend has it that Suleiman's predecessor Selim
I dreamed of lions that were going to eat him because of his plans to level the
city. He was spared only after promising to protect the city by building a wall
around it. This led to the lion becoming the heraldic symbol of Jerusalem. However, Jerusalem already had been, from Biblical times, the capital of the
Kingdom of Judah, whose emblem was a lion (Genesis 49:9).
In another version, Suleiman taxed Jerusalem's residents
with heavy taxes which they could not afford to pay. That night Suleiman had a
dream of two lions coming to devour him. When he woke up, he asked his dream
solvers what his dream meant. A wise respected man came forward and asked
Suleiman what was on his mind before drifting to sleep. Suleiman responded that
he was thinking about how to punish all the men who didn't pay his taxes. The
wise man responded that since Suleiman thought badly about the holy city, God was
angry. To atone, Suleiman built the Lions' Gate to protect Jerusalem from
|street in the Old City leading to the Lion Gate|
|street outside the Old City with the Lion Gate in background|
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