How Important Is The Chevron above the Entrance to the Talpiot Tomb?

The Chevron above the Entrance to the Talpiot Tomb

At the entrance to the Talpiot tomb is a pointed gable above a rosette. The makers of the film refer to this gable as a chevron and the rosette as a circle.

Chevron

They contend that the chevron and circle are an early Jewish-Christian symbol. In support of their claim they draw attention to one of the ossuaries at the Dominus Flevit church. It is thought that some of the ossuaries at this church may have belonged to early Christians. At one end of this ossuary is a marking similar to the one at the entrance to the Talpiot tomb (1).

Other sources also attach similar significance to the chevron symbol – sometimes referred to as the Alpha and Omega symbol. They adduce that the symbol above the entrance is indicative of the burial site of Jesus (2).

An argument in support of this claim is that a chevron and circle symbol is there on the Nicanor gate of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. The Nicanor gate indicated the end of a pilgrimage and the entrance to the Talpiot tomb also indicated the end of a pilgrimage.

However there are skeptics. They say that the gable and rosette patterns have nothing to do with Christianity. They are of the conviction that the symbols predate Christianity. In support of their claim they say that the symbols appear on coins minted during the Hasmonean period and the period of tetrarch Philip, son of Herod the Great, which was distinctly before the period of Jesus and his movement.

Chevron2

On the coins above (Herod Phillip) a “chevron and circle” pattern is clearly visible as a depiction of the facade of the Nicanor gate of the Temple of God in Jerusalem.

Besides, the gable and rosette patterns appear in “Jewish funerary and synagogue art” and are usually used to represent the Ark of the Covenant. These symbols also appear on non-Christian ossuaries (Rahmani nos. 282, 294, 392, 408, 893). Besides this symbol appears to indicate circles or even handles on several other ossuaries (Rahmani, nos. 251, 408, 473, 596, 597) and appear like a chevron when viewed from one end (3). A chevron was also found on an Iron Age tomb near the south Jaffa Gate (4). Even more significant is the fact that these symbols were used to represent the Temple – an institution that Jesus was very much against (5).

However in spite of this Simcha speculates that the chevron reflects the promise of Jesus “to build a Third Temple at the ‘end of times”. Nevertheless there are people who think that this is unfounded speculation for the simple reason that the First and Second Temples had flat roofs. The Temple Scroll describes a flat roof. Therefore it is reasonable to conclude that the third temple would also follow suit and have a flat roof (6).

Please also read my blogs:
“The Talpiot Tomb – An Accidental Discovery” at bit.ly/1mrgdgQ
“Is This The Ossuary of Mary Magdalene?” at bit.ly/1RTTpna
“Judah – Was He The Son Of Jesus And Mary Magdalene?” at http://bit.ly/1Z4LNO0
“Jesus And Mary His Mother – Are These Their Ossuaries?” at http://bit.ly/1mF9sbx
”What Happened To The Bones From The Talpiot Tomb?” at http://bit.ly/1IUmRHa
“Is This The Family Tomb Of Jesus?” at http://bit.ly/1OUcWNK

References:

(1) Ben-David, Yirmәyahu. (2008). Burning Issues: Talpiot Tomb Complex. Retrieved 2011, from http://www.netzarim.co.il/Museum/Sukkah03/Burning%20Issues%20Talpiot%20Tomb.htm

(2) “Jesus Tomb” Controversy Erupts—Again. (n.d.). Retrieved 2011, from http://www.bib-arch.org/scholars-study/jesus-tomb-01.asp

(3) Bock, Darrell L.(2007). Craig Evans on the Chevron. Retrieved 2011, from http://blogs.bible.org/node/138

(4) Franz, Gordon. (2007). The So-Called Jesus Family Tomb ‘Rediscovered’ in Jerusalem. Retrieved 2011, from http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2007/03/the-so-called-jesus-family-tomb-rediscovered-in-jerusalem.aspx

(5) Ben-David, Yirmәyahu. (2008). Burning Issues: Talpiot Tomb Complex. Retrieved 2011, from http://www.netzarim.co.il/Museum/Sukkah03/Burning%20Issues%20Talpiot%20Tomb.htm

(6) Franz, Gordon. (2007). The So-Called Jesus Family Tomb ‘Rediscovered’ in Jerusalem. Retrieved 2011, from http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2007/03/the-so-called-jesus-family-tomb-rediscovered-in-jerusalem.aspx

Picture Credit:

(Fig 1) The entrance to the Talpiot tomb https://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=639&q=Chevron+above+the+Entrance+to+the+Talpiot+Tomb+&oq=Chevron+above+the+Entrance+to+the+Talpiot+Tomb+&gs_l=img.12…0.0.0.1454.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0….0…1ac..64.img..0.0.0.ViCCXURntKA#imgrc=pqFO4zpJx_4U9M%3A

(Fig 2) Herod Phillip coins https://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=639&q=Chevron+above+the+Entrance+to+the+Talpiot+Tomb+&oq=Chevron+above+the+Entrance+to+the+Talpiot+Tomb+&gs_l=img.12…0.0.0.1454.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0….0…1ac..64.img..0.0.0.ViCCXURntKA#hl=en&tbm=isch&q=coins+minted+during+the+Hasmonean+period+&imgrc=0zUAYGO3hXo0mM%3A

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