Rolling stone tombs #2 – the Herodian family tomb

Our photos today show the traditional family tomb of Herod the Great (37 – 4 B.C.) which is located on the west side of the Old City, behind the famous King David Hotel. We know from Josephus that Herod buried certain family members in Jerusalem (Wars 1:581). Herod was buried at the Herodium near Bethlehem.

This first photo shows the general area of the tomb which is cut from solid rock.

Herodian Family Tomb, located in a park behind the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. You can see the top of the rolling stone to the left of center. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The photo below shows a closeup of the entry and the rolling stone. In more recent time a door has been places at the opening of the tomb. Murphy-O’Connor says the tomb was found empty because robbers got there before the archaeologists (The Holy Land).

Herodian Family Tomb, Jerusalem.

Herodian Family Tomb in the small park behind the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

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