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The Tomb of Christ Hardcover – February 25, 1999

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This meticulous study sets out to define what it is that we know about the tomb of Jesus and Edicule, the little house that has covered the tomb since the early fourth century. Oxford archaeologist Biddle proceeds backward from the present, and the reader will quickly sense that this survey of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was conducted without restrictions, using traditional methods of architectural archaeology and the most recent techniques of photogrammetry. Over 100 figures, including 30 color and 42 black-and-white illustrations, make this painstaking analysis easy to follow. Lengthy footnotes for each of the eight chapters and epilog, as well as a long bibliography and helpful index, make this a work sure to remain in reference use. Libraries staying current on archaeological investigations and those seeking to offer the best about this site of popular interest are encouraged to include this in their collection.ALeroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib. Syst., Inverness, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

BIDDLE is Astor Senior Research Fellow in Medieval Archaeology, Hertford College, Oxford, and the Director and Secretary of Winchester Excavations, which he co-founded in 1962. He has written and edited a number of books, including, with Frank Barlow, Wincheste
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing; illustrated edition edition (February 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750919264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750919265
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. D. P. Jay on March 7, 2015
Format: Hardcover
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a wonderful place. Yes, different denominations fight to retain their spaces within it, except when it comes to paying for repairs, and a Muslim holds the key as a sort of referee, but you couldn’t make it up.

Those evangelicals who prefer the spurious garden tomb want an escapist Christ as opposed to one who lived in the real, sinful world.

There is lots of evidence from manuscripts as to the authenticity of this place and they are faithfully reproduced in this book.

I’ve been there three times and it’s a place that works on me, even when I had to be up at 4am to go to a mass in the chapel over Golgotha because it was the only time we could get an altar.

The emperor Constantine commissioned this church to be built in 326 CE. At first, there were two churches: one on the site of Jesus’s crucifixion, the other on his tomb. The two were joined together – hence its odd shape. The church has been rebuilt in several places. It has been the climax for Christian pilgrimages for 16 centuries.

How do we know the site is genuine? Hardly any serious scholars doubt that this site is genuine. There was a flourishing Christian community in Jerusalem from 33 CE (the time of Jesus’s death) until the time when a Roman temple was built on the site. It is thought that the Romans wanted to stop Christians praying here. They built a temple to their god Venus. This would keep Christians away. In fact, it served as a marker. According to Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea, Constantine’s builders demolished the temple and built the church. Real or not, it is estimated that tens of millions of pilgrims have been here.

A legend states that Helena, Constantine’s mother, found part of Jesus’s cross.
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It was a helpful book and went into more detail than the PBS video episode "Secrets of the Dead: Tomb of Christ" and thus, was a real help in my research paper.
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A beautiful book.
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