The Garden Tomb – Jerusalem

The Garden Tomb is another site where it is believed Christ was buried (and resurrected). According to the Bible, Christ was crucified over an ancient stone quarry (now a bus station near the Garden Tomb) on the “place of the Skull” (called Golgotha in Aramaic, Calvary in Latin) and was buried in a tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea. Although Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the traditional site of the crucifixion, the exact location is unclear. The hill overlooking the quarry (2nd photo) has features of a human skull (1st photo) and has been known as “Skull Hill.” The caretakers of the Garden Tomb site further evidence that this is the burial place of Christ. The tomb was cut out of “solid rock” (not a natural cave), sealed by a “large rolling stone” (6th photo), and had enough space outside for mourners. Finally, a large cistern and wine press (not pictured) is located in the garden, both indicators of a rich man (such as Joseph of Arimathea).

A large tour group of Ghanaians were visiting the Garden Tomb at the same time as us. One by one we all entered the tomb (4th, 7th, 8th photos) and saw an empty tomb (5th photo). Many of the tourists that left the tomb left with large smiles on their faces and shouted “he’s not there!” or “it’s empty!”

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~ by jonathanmtsai on December 12, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Garden Tomb – Jerusalem”

  1. […] The Garden Tomb, or Gordon’s Calvary, is an alternate possible site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, […]

  2. […] At sunrise on East Sunday the Garden Tomb hosts a service at 6.30am in English. Hundreds of people, usually Protestant or non-Denomination […]

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