As it happens, I’ll actually be revisiting Golgotha and the Garden Tomb tomorrow. That is, I’ll be revisiting the Garden Tomb tomorrow, and, if my friend Jeffrey Chadwick is right, I’ll be revisiting Golgotha, too. If he’s wrong, I may have revisited Golgotha already this morning.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which I find simultaneously fascinating and rather repulsive and which encloses the traditional site of Golgotha or Calvary as well as the traditional tomb of Jesus, was even more crowded than usual today. Pretty awful. I had been starting to warm up to it over the past several years, though — increasingly convinced that it represents the actual burial place of Jesus, and, thus, the place of his resurrection.
Somehow, I had missed Professor Chadwick’s article until now. But he mounts a powerful — in fact, a seemingly lethal — case against the Holy Sepulcher’s claim. He also rejects the Garden Tomb, though he believes that the nearby “skull feature,” as he calls it, is very likely the site of Christ’s crucifixion. (I’m comfortable with that.) He thinks that Christ’s tomb, if it still exists at all, remains undiscovered, probably under modern buildings on the west side of Saladin Street. Professor Chadwick’s article, for anybody interested in the question, is well worth reading:
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