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ANASTASIS: A History of the Tomb of Jesus Christ

and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

VIDEO LECTURES by Dr. William J. Neidinger

Upon the death of Jesus, his followers laid him a a new tomb. Three hundred years later, the Emperor Constantine ordered a search for the tomb, whose location had been deliberately obscured by buildings of the Emperor Hadrian. In this series, Dr. Neidinger traces the history of the concealment of the tomb of Jesus, the discovery of the tomb, and the construction of a shrine over the tomb, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.


  1. Tomb, Temple and Church.  The Roman Emperor Hadrian tried to “consign to oblivion” the Jewish and Christian holy sites of Jerusalem.  The tomb of Jesus was buried under a pagan temple.  In 325 Constantine ordered the temple destroyed and men to search for the tomb.  Contrary to expectations, the tomb was found and identified.  But how was one out of many tombs identified as the tomb of Jesus?
  2. The Church of the Crusaders.  The church built over the tomb of Jesus was destroyed repeatedly over the ages. The Crusaders fought their way across the Middle East to liberate the church.  Not only did they liberate it but they built a new church whose basic design persists to this day.  Enjoy a tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.


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