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Seminar 11:
The Tomb of Jesus

Where was Jesus buried? Despite the traditional association of the burial place of Jesus with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, there have been other attempts to locate and identify the Tomb. General Charles Gordon, hero of the Boxer Rebellion and of the Sudan, favoured the idyllic "Garden Tomb" outside the medieval city walls. Each of these possibilities has also given rise to replicas that allowed Christians to experience their claims without travelling to the Holy Land. More recently, film-maker James Cameron has popularized a suggestion that the bones, and not merely the tomb, have been discovered in the suburbs of Jerusalem.

In this seminar, Andrew McGowan will examine the claims of each contender, and reflect on what they represent. The rival tombs may have as much or more to say about the religious sensibilities of the proponents, as about first-century history or the location of Jesus' body.

Date Tuesday 26 August
Time 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Venue St Peter's, Eastern Hill
Cost $15 (concession: $12)
Conductor Rev'd Canon Andrew McGowan
Andrew McGowan is Warden of Trinity College and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has published widely on the history of early Christianity , and is the author of Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (Oxford: Clarendon, 1999). Before returning to Trinity in 2003 he was Associate Professor of Early Christian History at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a member of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia and of its Doctrine Commission, and a Canon of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne.

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