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Just outside the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, across from a busy thoroughfare, there is this alternative to the tomb of Jesus, I have shown at the end of the Via Dolorosa series. If you would be interested, you may browse around this linked website and read up, about the Garden Tomb. I have indicated before that there are alternative sites, where the crucifiction and burial of Jesus could have taken place - other than the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchur. This is one such site.


The trust managing this site, do not claim that this is the place where X marks the spot, because they don't have final proof. However this place fits the biblical descriptions better than the others. They point out, that it is not so important exactly where Jesus died and was buried. What is more important is the meaning of His death and resurrection.


The overall leading fact is that all four Gospels mention that Jesus' body was taken away by Joseph of Arimathea and buried in a newly cut tomb, in Joseph's garden. To have had a garden back then, also meant Joseph was a rich man. Joh 19:38 - 42  "After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there." Excavations showed signs of a garden that had been here, back then.


The picture top left, shows a cavern. The page I have linked for you, has a picture of the same part of the hill. There you can see the cavern and to the right, three holes that clearly looks like a skull. The older name for the hill, where Jesus was crucified, is Golgotha and means "Skull Hill". In my picture the "skull" has disappeared, due to the fact that the hill face was cut to make way for the bus terminal, somewhere in the second half of the previous century. While we were up here, a fight broke out among some Palestinians in the bus terminal, ending in a stabbing.


The picture bottom left shows where a burial tomb was found. Note the gully at the bottom, into which a huge round stone fitted. The stone would be rolled to close and open the entrance to the tomb. In the picture you can see how the rock face was flattened, to accommodate the huge round stone.


The middle picture shows the door that is currently fitted to the tomb entrance, containing the main message that you will hear, when visiting these gardens. This is based on Luke 24: 5 - 7. Inside the tomb, the burial chamber is to the right, as indicated in the Gospel according to Mark.


Top right, is a picture of a restored wine press, found during excavations.


Bottom right is a general view of the garden. 



comments (13)

I particularly like the photo of the door, and the second paragraph of your text.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. I liked the visit to this place.
I agree with Elizabeth, of course, but it's all most fascinating, Louis.
Louis: I liked their approach. Here are the facts - make of it what you want. Thanks Ginnie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Jul 2016, 07:16
Oh, he should be here - in Israel, Syria, in Europe ....I remember a morning service at this place - a wonderful atmosphere!
Louis: Ik vondt het apart, hier. Minder van de blink gedoen en meer feitelijk. Hier had we de Heilige Avaondmaal gevierd. Was heel bijzonder.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Jul 2016, 07:46
This is more than interesting to me Louis; it is fascinating
Louis: It (not only this garden) is quite a place to visit, Chris.
For a place of such historical importance it is quite understated
Louis: I liked the fact that their approach is down to earth, so to speak.
It is the significance that is important Louis. I thought we had finished here, great to have more, thought this might be the end...or the beginning.
Louis: It is about what is significant, indeed, gutteridge. This will be the last picture from Jerusalem - next I will be going to the Dead Sea and environs.
I like the garden and winepress but with all these shots, I am glad to live where I do.
Louis: A good thing to be there on PEI. By the way, did you know that SA has a Prince Edward Island as well? You can read up on it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward_Islands The island is of meteorological significance to southern Africa.
An interesting set of pictures and descriptions, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Tom
This bears out what you've said previously about the claims by various peoples about where the events actually took place, we will of course, in all reality, ever be able to be completely sure which, if any, is the right place.
Louis: I go with their approach. It is not about where it happened (as you said), but about the significance of it all.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 18 Jul 2016, 15:56
The description fitting is interesting, Louis
Louis: Thank you, Lisl.
i enjoyed your pictures and your descriptions of the different places that are or could be where Jesus was crucified... buried and that he has risen Louis...
the exact spots are not as important as the fact that i believe that it happened...
i enjoyed this wonderful series very much....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. The actual experience was illuminating as well.
i like the door with the textures and the text, surrounded by the solid blocks.
Thanks for this post. The door image speaks to me...

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