Biblical Archaeology Review 12:2, March/April 1986

The Garden Tomb and the Misfortunes of an Inscription

By Jerome Murphy-O’Connor

On November 7, 1889, the Northern Christian Advocate (Syracuse, New York) published a note from an anonymous correspondent in Jerusalem: “There are strange rumors afloat about an inscription found at St. Stephen’s [St. Étienne’s monastery] (north of Damascus Gate). It is said that the Romanists are anxious to hush up the discovery, as it would damage the credit of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its contents are to the following effect: ‘I, Eusebius, have desired to be buried in this spot, which I believe to be close to the place where the body of my Lord lay.’”

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