The Garden Tomb


  P.2023 - §3 As they made ready to remove the body of Jesus from the tomb preparatory to according it the dignified and reverent disposal of near-instantaneous dissolution, it was assigned the secondary Urantia midwayers to roll away the stones from the entrance of the tomb. The larger of these two stones was a huge circular affair, much like a millstone, and it moved in a groove chiseled out of the rock, so that it could be rolled back and forth to open or close the tomb. When the watching Jewish guards and the Roman soldiers, in the dim light of the morning, saw this huge stone begin to roll away from the entrance of the tomb, apparently of its own accord--without any visible means to account for such motion--they were seized with fear and panic, and they fled in haste from the scene. The Jews fled to their homes, afterward going back to report these doings to their captain at the temple. The Romans fled to the fortress of Antonia and reported what they had seen to the centurion as soon as he arrived on duty.
A larger disc, large enough to cover the entrance of the tomb, was here ten years earlier, but now disappeared.
The rolling stone can be rolled in this groove by two men.
Japanese tourists (the leader and Jay Satoh)
At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid [John 19:41]