Matthew 27:57-61 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.


 Just northwest of Golgotha lies the "Garden Tomb" in what was an ancient villa and garden. Sir Flinders Petrie, in 1937, confirmed that it was a Jewish tomb of the Herodian period. There is evidence of a later Christian baptistry in front of the tomb and the carving of an achor, an early Jewish Christian symbol, on its facing. The "Garden Tomb" complies with scripture and is a more likely candidate as the original tomb of Joseph of Arimathea where Jesus was buried. (Photo. Jack Kilmon)