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View looking north. This tomb was discovered in 1867 and, mainly because of its nearness to "Gordon's Calvary," it was proposed that this was the burial place of Jesus. Since that time, Protestant piety has encouraged this identification, although the wardens of the property, The Garden Tomb Association, stress that the resurrection of Jesus, not the issue of finding the exact spot of his burial, is what is important.

Inside of the tomb is the partial remains of a burial bench. The date of the tomb is not certain, but it may, in fact, date to the late Old Testament era, and thus would not have been a "new tomb" (Matt 27:60; John 19:41) at the time of the crucifixion. For a view of a very typical tomb of the New Testament era click here.

Personal comment: in spite of my appreciation of the sincerity of those associated with the Garden Tomb, it is my opinion that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher preserves a more accurate tradition with respect to the sites of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

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Image from the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible, p. 251. To view/use additional images from the Atlas Click Here.