Can the Cenacle on Mount Zion Really be the “Upper Room” of Jesus’s Last Supper?
Archaeology is only part of a comprehensive evaluation of an historical site. Any conclusions to be drawn must also take into account, among other things, a site’s social and literary history as well as available contemporary artistic representations. Fortunately we are blessed with a wealth of this kind of material about the Cenacle. Used in isolation, however, these too can be confusing and misleading. That is why all the data must be considered in unison in order to offer as thorough an historical explanation for the Cenacle as possible, one that accounts for all of the evidence
See Also: The Upper Room and Tomb of David (McFarland, 2016).
By David Christian Clausen
Department of Religious Studies
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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