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Archaeologist Finally Opened The Tomb Of Jesus Christ For The First Time In 500 Years

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For the past decades, archaeologists and theologians have debated whether the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is where the body of Jesus Christ was buried.

The tomb has been sealed in marble since the 1500s to prevent visitors from stealing relics. The church had been destroyed and rebuilt for so many times the reason why experts weren't sure if the tomb was moved along with what's inside.

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For the first time in 500 years, the marble lid was lifted up and researched discovered the limestone shelf where Jesus’s body was said to have been placed. The second grey marble is engraved with a cross they believe carved in the 21st century by the Crusaders.

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According to Archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert of National Geographic, a partner in the project:

“The most amazing thing for me was when we removed the first layer of dust and found a second piece of marble."

“This one was grey, not creamy white like the exterior, and right in the middle of it was a beautifully inscribed cross. We had no idea that was there."


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“The shrine has been destroyed many times by fire, earthquakes, and invasions over the centuries. We didn’t really know if they had built it in exactly the same place every time."

“But this seems to be visible proof that the spot the pilgrims worship today really is the same tomb the Roman Emperor Constantine found in the 4th century and the Crusaders revered. It’s amazing."

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“When we realised what we had found my knees were shaking a little bit.”

Religious leaders from the Greek and Armenian Orthodox churches and the Franciscan monks, who share responsibility for the church, were the first to enter the tomb.

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"They came out with big smiles on their face. Then the monks went in and they were all smiling," Mr. Hiebert added.

“We were all getting really curious. Then we went in, looked into the tomb, and saw a lot of rubble. So it wasn’t empty, even though there were no artifacts or bones.”

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“Everything has to be approved by the committee, so even changing a candle takes a long time."

There is a ladder by the main entrance to the church that hasn’t moved in 240 years and they still haven’t reached a decision. It’s called the immovable ladder.

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Researchers use ground penetrating radar and thermographic scanners to gather information on the insides of the tomb before unsealing it.


Archaeologist Finally Opened The Tomb Of Jesus Christ For The First Time In 500 Years Archaeologist Finally Opened The Tomb Of Jesus Christ For The First Time In 500 Years Reviewed by Phil on 22 February Rating: 5

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