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The tomb of Christ
Biddle, Martin.
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Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton Pub., 1999.
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xii, 172 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm
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DS109.4 .B53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Tomb of Christ stands in the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, strapped together by steel girders put there by the British in 1947 to prevent it from collapsing. In 1986 Martin Biddle undertook the recording of the tomb before urgently-needed restoration. This book uses the results of that investigation to make an exploration of the site, its appearance, and the destructions and rebuildings of the tomb throughout its 2000-year history. Throughout its history, the tomb has been drawn, painted, engraved, photographed, shown in mosaics, modelled in wood, stone, glass and precious metals and copied full-size in churches throughout Europe. This study brings together this evidence and the archaeological recording in three dimensions, including photogrammetric survey to reveal the form and appearance of the tobm through its successive changes.

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This meticulous study sets out to define what it is that we know about the tomb of Jesus and Edicule, the little house that has covered the tomb since the early fourth century. Oxford archaeologist Biddle proceeds backward from the present, and the reader will quickly sense that this survey of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was conducted without restrictions, using traditional methods of architectural archaeology and the most recent techniques of photogrammetry. Over 100 figures, including 30 color and 42 black-and-white illustrations, make this painstaking analysis easy to follow. Lengthy footnotes for each of the eight chapters and epilog, as well as a long bibliography and helpful index, make this a work sure to remain in reference use. Libraries staying current on archaeological investigations and those seeking to offer the best about this site of popular interest are encouraged to include this in their collection.ÄLeroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib. Syst., Inverness, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.