The Tomb of ChristHardback
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- Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 205mm x 271mm x 22mm | 844g
- Publication date: 1 July 1999
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 0750919264
- ISBN 13: 9780750919265
- Edition: Illustrated
- Edition statement: illustrated edition
- Illustrations note: 103 colour and b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
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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Table of contents
Introduction - pilgrims, the city and the tomb; the tomb and the edicule; visual sources for the study of the edicule; the tomb and the edicule from the beginnings to the destruction of 1009; the Byzantines and the holy sepulchre in the 11th century; the Crusaders and the holy sepulchre in the 12th century; the edicule in later medieval and modern times; new interpretations - the form and survival of the rock-cut tomb; new discoveries - the structure of the present edicule; epilogue - the holy fire.