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The Garden Tomb

July 25, 2011

The Garden Tomb


The evidences for The Garden Tomb belonging to Joseph of Arimathea are many. The garden contained, we were told, a uniquely designed tomb that enabled lookers-in to see the resting place of the dead. It was an apparently unusual layout for a tomb which would have normally placed the bench for laying down the dead in a room farther back and around a corner, which nevertheless agrees with descriptions in the scriptures of the apostles looking in and seeing their Savior’s body gone. There is also the proximity of the place many believe Calvary was located; the skull-like relief in the stone does indeed look like the “place of the skull,” the rough translation of “Golgotha,” where the Savior was crucified. There is a much better picture at Garden Tomb.

Other evidences include the groove in front of the doorway, which could have been a water trough, or it could have been the groove needed to roll a large stone over the entrance of the tomb. There is also a wine press and cistern for storing wine in the garden.

Nothing there!

We also saw that He had risen.

Despite this evidence, just like many other historical sites and a lot of those we visited in and around Israel, we really don’t know for sure if The Garden Tomb was where Jesus was buried and rose again on the third day.

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