- Scientific studies proved beliefs regarding Jesus Christ’s presumed burial site
- Although the study did not conclude whether it was Christ’s actual tomb,
- They did verify the time frame of the historical beliefs
Traditional beliefs regarding the site of Jesus’ alleged tomb, has recently been verified by scientific studies.
The tests showed that the material taken from what is believed to be the burial chamber of Jesus Christ, can be traced back to the fourth century.
This supports historical beliefs that 300 years after the death of Christ, the Romans constructed a memorial there, which is now the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
However, the study provided no additional evidence that Jesus was in fact buried at the site in Jerusalem.
No similar testing has ever been conducted at the site, which is now the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, during the era of Constantine the Great.
Restoration work resulted in the cave, where Jesus is believed to be buried, to be opened for the first time in centuries. This provided an opportunity for the mortar to be tested.
Briefly.co.za gathered that restoration work was put on hold for decades because of arguments between the three church dominations who share control over the Church; the Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic.
Antonia Moropoulou, a specialist in preservation from the National Technical University of Athens, said that the finding was of utmost importance, since it asserts that, as historically indicated, Constantine the Great was responsible for encasing the tomb of Christ with the marble slabs in the Edicule.
She continued by saying that the dating of the mortar stretched throughout the Byzantine era, the Crusades, the Renaissance period and beyond.
The Citizen reported that it is believed that Constantine built the memorial dedicated to Jesus, when he began the Roman empire’s transition to Christianity.
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