The tomb of Jesus

The Tomb of Jesus is also referred to as the Lost Tomb of Jesus, the Talpiot Tomb and the Garden Tomb, it is located north of Jerusalem Old City’s Damascus Gate tucked away from the noisy city among trees and shrubs.

The Tomb of Jesus is a peaceful oasis in what is known as the garden of Joseph of Arimathea and it is here that many Christians believe Jesus was laid to rest after the crucifixion and later where Jesus ascended to heaven. The Tomb of Jesus is visited by close to 250,000 Christians from around the world each year.

Christians gather here, sing hymens, praise the Lord and pray. The Tomb of Jesus is the site where Christians come each Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The spiritual atmosphere which surrounds the site and tranquil setting is conducive to religious contemplation and the fact that it is still uncertain as to whether Jesus was really laid to rest in the Tomb of Jesus is not as important as the inner reflection the site inspires.

During the building of a housing project in the Jerusalem the tomb was uncovered, containing 10 ossuaries.

An ossuary is a place where in ancient times the bones of deceased people were stored. After the discovery of these ossuaries it was proposed that the collection was in fact the family tomb of Jesus Christ, this was further established when the names engraved on six of the ossuaries were translated and found to be names from the Old Testament. The names on the ossuaries were: Jesus son of Joseph, Maria, Yose, Yehuda bar Yeshua, Mariamene e Mara and Matya. All of these names can be somehow related to Jesus, the ossuary with the inscription “Jesus son of Joseph” is thought to be that of Jesus and the one saying Maria is thought to be that of Mary of Magdaline.

Since the uncovering of the Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem many theories have been put forward; DNA has been tested; different interpretations of the inscriptions made and different evaluations of the evidence put forward. Although there is uncertainty as to where Jesus found his final resting place with others claiming it was in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, still the Tomb of Jesus seems the most logical location. Tourists traveling with one of our tours can see both the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Tomb of Jesus.

What evidence supports the Tomb of Jesus as being Jesus’ final resting place?

  • The garden tomb is close to Golgotha (The Place of the Scull) or Calvary which is believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and as described in the Bible it is near a city gate.
  • The Tomb of Jesus is carved out of stone and had a large bolder needed to block the tomb entrance all resembling the scene described in all four of the Biblical Gospels.
  • The site of the Tomb of Jesus fits with the Biblical description of the site as being carved out of rock, entering through a low entrance way and that the burial chamber is to the right of the entrance.
  • The Bible also describes the Tomb of Jesus as being in the garden of a rich man-Joseph of Arimathea.
  • The inscription of Biblical names on the ossuaries.
  • The Bible describes the Tomb of Jesus as being outside the city walls (Hebrews 13:12) and this location is indeed outside of Jerusalem’s city walls.

There is always the chance that the Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem is not related to the Christian son of God Jesus Christ at all as Jesus was a common name in Biblical times. But do you really want to miss the opportunity of seeing a site which even has the slightest chance of being the real Tomb of Jesus Christ?

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