Did Jesus’ Last Supper Take Place Above the Traditional Tomb of David?


I am most pleased to see the important research of David Clausen, who did his M.A. work with me and Dr. Shimon Gibson here at UNC Charlotte, highlighted in the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. [1]David Clausen, “Archaeological Views: Mount Zion’s Upper Room and Tomb of David,” Biblical Archaeology Review 43.1 (Jan/Feb 2017): 24–25, 61. David is now an instructor in our Dept. of Religious Studies in Christian Origins, receiving rave reviews from our students. David’s M.A. thesis is now published as an expanded full length academic monograph, The Upper Room and Tomb of David: The History, Art and Archaeology of the Cenacle (McFarland, 2016). One of the great features of Clausen’s book are a plethora of maps, illustrations, and photos, never before published in one place.

Clausen’s book is reviewed by Marek Dospěl in the latest issue of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s popular newsletter, “Bible History Daily,” which you can read here. I highly recommend Clausen’s book. I think it is the best thing in print on the fascinating topic of the history of the Cenacle, or “Room of the Last Supper,” that my dear friend, the late Bargil Pixner, gave such prominence in Biblical Archaeology Review back in 1990 in his ground-breaking article, “The Church of the Apostles on Mount Zion.” [2]Thanks to Michael McKinney and “Century One” for making this available in an on-line version with permission of BAR

On the subject more generally here is my own take on the subject, “Last Days of Jesus: A Final Messianic Meal.”


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