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Joseph of Arimathea

I Century

A member of the Sanhedrin who was a secret disciple of Jesus, St. Joseph, according to all four gospels, took the body of Christ from the cross and entombed it in a new sepulchre that he had bought for his own burial. Many legends associate Joseph, who is thought to have been a tin merchant, with England: some say that St. Philip sent him and twelve missionaries to evangelize the country. Others tell of Joseph's inheritance of the Holy Grail, which was/is at Glastonbury Abbey, the reputed site of his death.

Karen Rae Keck


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