BAR 12:02, Mar/Apr 1986
The Garden Tomb: Was Jesus Buried Here?
First-time visitors to Jerusalem are often surprised to learn that two very different sites vie for recognition as the burial place of Jesus. One is, as its name implies, the Holy Sepulchre Church; it is located in a crowded area of the Christian Quarter inside the walled Old City. The other, known as the Garden Tomb, is a burial cave located outside the Old City walls, in a peaceful garden just north of the Damascus Gate.
The case for the Holy Sepulchre Church as the burial place of Jesus has already been made for BAR readers.a
But what of the Garden Tomb? What is its claim to authenticity?