Arimathea – Information on Arimathea

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The New Testament refers to Arimathea simply as “a city of Judea” (or in some modern English translation, “city of the Jews”).  The Bible actually speaks little of the town, but it is significant as the birthplace of a wealthy man named Joseph, who owned the tomb where Jesus was laid to rest (Matthew 27:57-60).

Many archaeologists place ancient Arimathea as the same area as Ramathaim in Ephraim, where the prophet Samuel was born:

“They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord” (I. Samuel 1:19-20).

This would make it more or less equivalent to the present day Rentis, although others prefer to associate it with Rama in Benjamin or with Ramleh. Because of the preponderance of tombs of wealthy Arimathea families, it’s been speculated that this village was something of a “wealthy suburb” of the time.  Still, no person who lived there was ever destined to give the city the historical prominence that Joseph did, when he humbly invited the disciples of Jesus to have their Teacher’s body placed in his own family crypt.


3 Comments so far ↓

  • Matthew

    Amazing how come there is such a website which deals in such religious antiquity. I hope Joseph did manage to look after the remains of our lord and saviour as the bible surely mentions. Question is, did he manage to obtain Jesus’s blood, remains or perhaps another holy artefact ?

  • Rose

    The point of interest pertaining to Joseph of Armathea is that he is speculated to be closely related to Joseph (Jesus’ dad) as well as being Jesus’ grand uncle and the brother of Anna of Arimathea. Anna (mentioned as the prophetess) was Jesus’ grandmother and wife of the very wealthy Joachim. This biographical information is not well presented in the NT perhaps because it is not in keeping with the unfounded “poor carpenter” image of Jesus and his family.

  • Samuel

    It is a good one, Joseph of Arimathea. The issue here is that, was Joseph saved. Accepting christ into his tomb is one thing the other is that does he accepted christ as his saviour and lord?

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