Our friends over at the Jerusalem Perspective have made available (free) a wonderful 50 minute illustrated video of a 2006 lecture by Dr. Gabriel Barkay entitled “Was Jesus Buried in the Garden Tomb? First–Century Burial In Jerusalem.”
Spoiler alert: In the video, Gabi compares the Garden Tomb to other First Temple Tombs and contrasts the Garden Tomb with First Century Tombs. It is classic “Gabi.” Thorough, informative, and captivating—by THE authority on the archaeology and history of Jeruslem.
The entrance to the Garden Tomb.
Gabriel Barkay peering into the burial chamber of one of the Ketef Hinnom Tombs — from the First Temple Period.
One of the burial benches and repository in one of the chambers in the First Temple (Iron Age) Tombs on the grounds of the Ecole Biblique.
The Entrance to the Garden Tomb.
This tomb was discovered in 1867, at which time it was proposed that this was the burial place of Jesus, mainly because of its nearness to what would become known as “Gordon’s Calvary“. Since that time, some Protestant piety has encouraged this identification, although the wardens of the property (The Garden Tomb Association) stress that it is the resurrection of Jesus, not the issue of finding the exact spot of his burial, that is important.
Inside of the tomb are the partial remains of a burial bench. Looking at “burial place” #5 (below) The date of the tomb is not certain.
A plan of the interior of the tomb.
The Modern Door into the Tomb.
The Guides at Garden Tomb stress that it is the resurrection of Jesus, not the issue of finding the exact spot of his burial, that is important.
To visit the official site of the Garden Tomb Association Click Here.
To view, what in my opinion is the best “rolling stone tomb” in Israel Click Here.