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on 7 April 1999
Martin Biddle's book is scholarly, accessible and beautifully illustrated. The culmination of ten years of painstaking research into the Tomb of Christ which lies in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, the book raises the very real probability that the inner sanctum of the tomb dates from the first century AD. The esteemed professor of medieval history at Oxford University, Biddle combines archive sources, his observations of full size replicas of the tomb scattered throughout Europe, and the latest techniques of photogrammetry, to build a compelling and rich history of Christ's last resting place. At the close of the millenium the Church authorities are desperate to agree on much needed renovations to the tomb but political infighting between the Armenians, Copts, Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox factions has made this difficult. Now Biddle hope that agreement will allow him to open the rock-cut tomb itself for the first time in at least a thousand years. His book is a wonderful read for biblical archaeologists and interested observers everywhere - I highly recommend it.
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