Joseph of Arimathea, St

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article
views updated

Joseph of Arimathea, St. The ‘councillor’ (Luke 23. 50) who buried the body of Jesus after the crucifixion. (Arimathea was perhaps Ramlah.) John 19. 38 adds that he was a secret disciple of Jesus. According to a 12th-cent. source, he came to England with the Holy Grail, building a church (the first in England) at Glastonbury. The Holy Thorn is said to have sprung from his staff. Feast day in E., 31 July; in W., 17 Mar.