The Garden Tomb

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The Garden Tomb was not on our official tour of biblical sites. However, I had read about it as an alternative to the tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and that it was more appealing to Protestant Christians. The tomb was a couple blocks from our Jerusalem lodging, so during a 30 minute break in our schedule on our last day, I walked briskly up the hill and down another one on Nablus Road to get a quick view of this site. The hill near the tomb certainly looks like a skull (Golgotha-skull hill) to me, but you take a look and decide for yourself.

“Many have come to believe that this could be the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus because it so clearly fits the description provided by the writers of the New Testament.  Whether it is the actual site or not, noted archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon has described the tomb as a good example of a Second Temple Period burial site, so it gives a glimpse of what Jesus’ tomb could have looked like.

Site of the Crucifixion:Skull Hill

  • Outside the city walls of Jerusalem
  • Near a gate of the city
  • Along a busy thoroughfare
  • At a place of public execution
  • At the place of the skull – Golgoatha
  • A garden nearby

Site of the Tomb:The Garden Tomb

  • Located in a garden
  • Belonged to a rich man (Joseph of Arimathea)
  • Hewn out of the rock
  • Sealed with a rolling stone
  • Entered through a low doorway
  • Burial chamber situated to the right of the entrance”
  • Source:
Click on the link below to see a video of the inside of the tomb.

Pamela Y. Cook


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