Why Two Tombs Compete for Jesus' Burial

“Protestants came last to Jerusalem. And when they came, the Holy Sepulchre was occupied by other Christian denominations,” said Israeli archaeologist Gabriel Barkay. They also noticed that the New Testament says that Jesus was crucified outside the city gate (Heb. 13:12). This church was plainly inside the city walls.

So another site called the Garden Tomb—discovered in 1867 just outside the Damascus Gate—developed a following.

The Garden Tomb is operated by a nondenominational Christian charitable trust based in the United Kingdom. However, the British tour guides who lead groups past a hill that could be Golgotha and into the empty tomb only go so far as to say it could be the actual tomb of Jesus.

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