Archeologists reach original rock surface where Christ’s body was laid.
Q. Scientists have made a new discovery In the innermost chamber of the site, said to be the tomb of Jesus. What is the chamber known as?- Published on 01 Nov 16
b. Holy Sepulchre
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
In the innermost chamber of the site said to be the tomb of Jesus, a restoration team has peeled away a marble layer for the first time to reach out the original rock surface where the body of Jesus Christ was laid.
- Many historians hold that the original cave identified a few centuries after Jesus’s death as his tomb was obliterated ages ago.
- The archeologist accompanying the restoration team indicated that ground penetrating radar tests determined the cave walls are standing- at a height of six feet and connected to bedick- behind the marbled panels of the chamber at the core of the Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre.
- Work is part of a historic renovation project to reinforce and preserve the Edicule, a chamber housing the cave where Jesus is said to have been entombed and resurrected.
- It is the centrepiece of the oldest churches of Christian faith and one of the most important shrines.
- National Geographic is collaborating with Greek restoration experts for documenting the work.
- The 12th century building is sitting on 4th century remains.
- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the only place where 6 Christian denominations practice their faith at the same site.
- The Edicule was last restored in 1810 after a fire and is in need of reinforcement following years of exposure to humidity and candle smoke.
- A massive iron cage is built around the Edicule by British authorities in 1947 for support; it still stands, but is not enough to support the chamber’s weight.
- Renovations at the holiest spots requires require mutual agreements by church’s various custodians and is hard to secure.
- The denominations guard different pats of the site and object to the slightest of changes.
- Israeli police shut down the building after Israel’s Antiquities Authority deemed it unsafe.
- It prompted Christian denominations to start the repairs.
- Pilgrims lined throughout the day for chance to crouch the tiny room in Edicule.
- They also kneel before a white marble encasing, said to cover the surface hewn from the side of the limestone cave where Jesus’s body was laid prior to his resurrection.
- Church officials closed the Edicule to pilgrims commencing 27th Oct evening and workers used a pulley to slide open the marble slab, in hopes of reaching the burial surface.
- The slab has not been removed since 1550.
- Church officials found a layer of debris encasing another marble slab.
- Main Christian communities that govern the church have allowed a work crew only 60 hours to excavate the inner sanctum.
- Work is on to reach the tomb’s core and analyse it.
- The restoration team wants to seal the core of the tomb before injecting parts of the shrine with mortar for reinforcement so material does not seep inside what is considered to be a holy rock.
- The Edicule’s marble walls had a rectangular window cut into it, as the part of the limestone wall had the tomb of Jesus cut into it.