Is there a European Connection to the Talpiot Tomb?
                                                                  April 9, 2012


There is a theory that the Knights Templar located and entered the Talpiot Tomb in the 11th century at a time when
they had great influence in the area of Jerusalem. Consistent with this theory there is clear physical evidence that the
Talpiot tomb was entered centuries ago.  

Proponents of this theory point to many connections between the Templars and the Talpiot tomb.  The argument is
that the Templars clearly understood that they had entered the tomb of Jesus and we should accept that they are
correct.  Under this scenario, the Talpiot tomb was again lost to history with the demise of the Templars in 1312 and
the subsequent conquests of Jerusalem by non-Christians.

As examples of connections to the Talpiot Tomb they point to the symbol (
click here) at the entrance to the Talpiot
tomb’s burial chamber and associate it with the “all-seeing eye” symbol (
click here) associated with the Templars via
the Freemasons.  They also point to the Templar “skull and crossbones” symbol as a clear reference to the layout of
bones in the typical ossuary.  

The story the Knights Templar gets even more complex because it is interwoven with other stories of secret societies
and sects, including stories relating to Mary Magdalene, many of these connections arising out of southern France.  
One of the most notable and murky of these associations is through a French secret society called the Priory of Sion,
which is claimed by some people to have possession of secret knowledge which demonstrates that key elements of
the Christianty are false, such as those that relate to the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Arguments Against and For supporting the idea that the Knights Templar accepted the Talpiot Tomb as the burial
location of the biblical Jesus


While it is true that there exist many artifacts and stories, many centered in the south of France, that suggest an
alternative to the standard Christian story, we must recognize that in the end any connections to the Talpiot Tomb are
almost entirely based on myth.  There exists no direct provable connections between this stew of stories and symbols
and the Talpiot tomb.


It is true that this is a difficult subject area to get ones hands around, but in the end there are just too many artifacts,
symbols and threads of history that point to errors in the Christian story relating to the death of Jesus and the reality
that the Talpiot Tomb is his likely burial place.

Editorial Position:

This is a vast and confusing subject area, which this short piece barely introduces.  For readers who are interested in
pursuing this subject they must prepare themselves to study material that will be foreign to them and difficult to
integrate.  As a result one can not say with any certainty that these interwoven stories and symbols tell us that the
Talpiot Tomb is the family tomb of the biblical Jesus.

This is not to say that certain aspects of European history do not bear on the question at hand.   Many of the
potential points of connection to the Talpiot Tomb are plausible and bear further study.  It may turn out that as we
learn about the Talpiot Tomb in other ways, we may actually inform certain aspects of European history that relate to
the Tomb.


See in particular bibliographic references 3, 42, 43, 44.

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