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The Sepulchre Of Christ

And after this Joseph Of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews [i.e. unbelieving Jews - all of the first Christians were Jews], besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)

The Sepulchre Of Christ

A sepulchre is derived from the Latin words meaning to bury. It's used by the King James Version, and others, in both the Old and New Testaments, to refer to a tomb, or grave.

The "Garden Tomb" is one of the two strongest possibilities for the burial place of Jesus Christ after He was crucified at Calvary (see How Did Jesus Christ Die?). It was discovered by Charles Gordon in the 1880s.

Garden Tomb Garden Tomb

The interior of the tomb measures 14 feet / 4.3 meters wide, 10 feet / 3.0 meters deep and 7½ feet / 2.3 meters high. Only one of the two graves inside appear to have been used, yet it does not appear as though the body had been left there for very long - there are no bones or other signs of natural decomposition.

The interior meets all of the requirements for the account in The Bible - there is room for Peter and John to enter (John 20:3-9), and a place for the two angels to sit when they spoke with Mary of Magdala (John 20:10-18).

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