[XTalk] The Tomb of James
- Hi all,
I am looking for a reliable bibliographic reference for what J.
Finegan (Archaeology of the New Testament. Princeton Univ. Press,
1969) calls the tradition about the Tomb of James, the brother of the
Lord (p. 193). He shows the Bene Hezir monuments: the tomb of
Zechariah, and, on the right, the tomb of James.
Finegan quotes Hegesippus (Eusebius, Ch. Hist. II, 23) about James
being cast down from the pinnacle of the temple, and that he was
buried on the spot, by the temple, where his monument still remains.
If the pinnacle--says Finegan-- was the southeast corner of the
enclosure wall which was so high above the Kidron ravine that "one
who looked down grew dizzy" (Josephus, Ant. XV, 11, 5 §412), then
James might have fallen into the valley at a point approximately
opposite the tomb of Bene Hezir. Later, it would have not been
difficult to imagine that the tomb was the monument of James, the
brother of Jesus.
I have two questions: 1) are there other scholars that have deal with
this tomb? 2) What are earliest the literary sources that identify
that place as the tomb of James?