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The Garden Tomb

Located near the heart of Jerusalem is The Garden Tomb, what some believe was the Garden of Joseph of Arimathea. Here is where some believe Jesus died, was buried, and then rose from the dead. The garden is a two acre oasis in the often hectic city of Jerusalem. In Jerusalem for a visit in 1883, British General Charles Gordon spied a prominent rocky crag which looked to him like it could be the "place of the skull" mentioned in the Bible as where Jesus was crucified. 

Around the corner Gordon identified an ancient tomb and putting the two together he located the hill of crucifixion and the nearby burial place. This is a different interpretation to the tradition of the Holy Sepulchre being the crucifixion and burial site of Jesus. British Christians bought the garden 125 years ago and formed The Garden Tomb Association.

Key Sites:
The Hill of the Skull: The slope has eroded badly in the last hundred years, but some maintain they can still see the eye sockets and the nose bridge. Regardless, it must be noted that while the Bible locates the crucifixion at the "place of the skull," it never says that it was on a hill, nor that this place bore the resemblance of a skull. It also could be asked if this hill which resembles a skull looked the same 2000 years ago.

The Garden Tomb: The Bible describes that Jesus was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem near a gate of the city along a major thoroughfare, that at the place where He was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a tomb. The tomb is described as being a tomb cut out of rock, belonging to a wealthy man by the name of Joseph of Arimathea. It had a weeping chamber, a burial chamber, it was sealed with a rolling stone, it had a traditionally low doorway through which the disciples were forced to stoop in order to look into (and enter) the tomb that morning. The words of the Gospel writers began to step out of the New Testament in living color.

The Resting Place: This is the place believed by many to be the resting place of Jesus.

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