Where Was Jesus' Tomb?

For part 4 of our Resurrection study, we're going to look at if we can know the location of Jesus' tomb.

William Lane Craig writes, “The disciples could not have preached the resurrection in Jerusalem in the face of an occupied tomb.”[1] The Disciples were spreading the story of the resurrection of Christ in and around Jerusalem. Since the resurrection was the crux of what they believed, it would’ve been easy for their opponents to show the falsity of their claims, all they would have to do is present the body of Jesus. It is not as if Jesus’ death and resurrection were supposed to have happened in some distant land, it happened right where the Disciples were preaching! This, again, is perhaps why the gospel writers state whose tomb Jesus was buried in (the prominent, rich figure, Joseph of Arimathea) and three of the gospel writers mention that it was his new tomb. Not only was the tomb in the city where these reports were being circulated, but the gospel writers gave the specific location to everyone. If someone disputed the claim of the empty tomb, he could have easily gone to the specific location given by the gospel writers, the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, and produced the body. Instead, there are no opposing accounts to the empty tomb; rather, they affirmed the absence of the body of Jesus by claiming that the disciples stole the body.

Therefore, we have good reason to believe that the location of Jesus' tomb was well known, which is another piece of evidence supporting the historicity of the resurrection. 

 

Tomorrow, we're going to look at what people today say about finding Jesus' body. 

 

[1] “Dale Allison On Jesus’ Empty Tomb, His Post-Mortem Appearances, and the Origin of the Disciples | Reasonable Faith.” ReasonableFaith.org. Accessed May 05, 2015.