The Garden Tomb
The Garden Tomb is a tomb with two chambers cut out of the
solid rock, and dates to the early first century. It is in a beautifully laid out garden not
far from the Damascus Gate into Jerusalem's Old City. It's location near the ruined
foundation of a spacious house coincides with the Gospel accounts of Christ being buried in
the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, a very wealthy man, who may well have had his tomb carved
from the rock face in his own garden.
It was discovered by General Gordon on a visit to
Jerusalem in 1883. The Scriptures tell us that Christ was crucified at Golgotha, which means
"place of the skull" which accurately describes a skull-shaped hill less than a hundred
meters from the site of the tomb.
Both the skull-shaped hill, known as
Gordon's Calvary, and the Garden Tomb are outside the limits of the Old City. Even
though the present walls do not follow the same line as those of the first century, both
hill and tomb still certainly lie outside the first-century wall, as burial places were
considered "unclean" and forbidden within the city walls.
Most evangelical Christians believe it to be the true tomb
of Christ. If not the true tomb, it is an exact duplicate, perfectly matching the biblical
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