Joseph of Arimathea

by: Wanda Karyn Bostic

Written: December 2009

Updated: 2014

"Joseph is described as and honest councilor member of the "Sanhedrin.  He was also a well known metal merchant." (Mark 15:43)

"De Sancto Joseph ": tells us that Joseph of Armethea was imprisoned by the Jewish elders after the crucifixion; by the Sanhedrin Council.  Joseph subsequently escaped and was pardon; and some years later he was in Gaul, France.

In the Celtic Realms Royal Genealogies; Joseph of Arimathea emerges as James-the-Just, brother of Jesus. 

AD 35: Joseph first came to Marseilles, France; and is among the earliest recorded dates of the "Nazarene" evangelism.  ("Annals of Rev. Lionel Lewis, Vicar of Glastonbury" reports St. James was in Glastonbury in AD35)

AD37 "Sixth Century Charters of Wales "Llandaff Charters"; conferes that the "Nazarene Christianity, was carried to Britain in the days of Emperor Tiberius; by "Ilid, man of Israel".

        "Chronicles of Wales": Joseph of Aremathea was known as St. James the Just.  The Welsh called him "Ilid". 

AD 33-44: James-the-Just/Joseph visited Spain

In AD49 he had been in England, later  ; Joseph of Arimathea was granted 1440 acres of land in Glastonbury, England : Granted to him by King Arviragus of Siluria; (Brother of Caractacus Pendragon).

Immediately after Mary Magdalene's death AD64; Joseph  built the "Chapel of St. Mary" in Glastonbury.  It became the first "above ground Christian Church in the world.

 Later Joseph/James and his twelve missionaries ("Brethren of Alain"); built a unique Church of Glastonbury, on the same scale as the ancient Tabernacle of Moses. (Domesday Book 1086)

Cited in the Royal Charters of King Cnut in 1032: "Build by the disciples of the Lord themselves".  The Saxons restructured the complex in the 8th century; adding a stone built "Lady's Chapel" and monastery, that became the vast "Benedictine Abbey".



It is a well documented fact that Britain led the world at this time with its tin mining. Joseph of Arimathea was referred to by the Romans as 'Nobilis Decurio' or Minister of Mines to the Roman Government."

"Joseph of Arimathea is mentioned in all four gospels (Matthew: 27:57-60; Mark 15:43-46; Luke 23:50-55; John 19:38-42).

"Even though Joseph of Arimathea had attempted to keep his love for Jesus a secret to escape execution; he boldly went to Pilot and asked for the body of Jesus on the second day; to be placed in the family tomb; before the Sabbath. 

According to various historical sources, Joseph's actions provoked both the Roman and Jewish elders; and he eventually did spend time in prison for his support of Jesus." (It is speculated by many that  Jesus was not dead; that Jesus escaped with /James-the-Just to Gaul France; and  that the man that offered to carry Jesus' cross, (Simon the Cyrene "of his likeness"); also took Jesus' place on the cross).

"Other historical sources report that Joseph of Arimathea went on a preaching mission to Gaul France with the apostle Phillip, Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, and others sometime between the years A.D. 37 and A.D. 63 (the year is in dispute).

At Marseilles, Lazarus and Mary parted company with the main group who continued on further up North. When Joseph's party reached the English Channel, Phillip sent Joseph with 12 disciples to the furthest corner of the Roman Empire, the Island of the Britons.

Legend has it that Joseph sailed around Land's End at the southern tip of England with the intent of catching up with old business acquaintances in the lead and tin mines. They ran aground in the Glastonbury marshes.

 'Wearyall Hill.' Joseph built a church (Vetusta Ecclesia) of mud and wattle on the site and decreed that 12 monks should always reside in that most sacred place. It is interesting to note that a spirited shrub which grows near the now ruined Abbey is of the same type that grows in the Eastern Mediterranean and flowers only twice a year - Christmas time and Easter."

" After the fall of Jerusalem to Vespasian's army, Joseph was set free and, with his sister Enygeus and her husband, Hebron or Bron, went into excile; with a group of fellow travelers."

"Joseph was said, not only to have come to Britain, but to have settled at Glastonbury where he was given land by King Arviragus.

  "Joseph of Arithamea became the “Minister of the Mines” of Britain for the Romans; and he became a very wealthy man.  His daughter Anna married King Beli the Great (BC100), and produced the lines of Queen Elizabeth, King Arthur and the Royal family of the Roman Church."

"Joseph of Arithamea’s sister Ann, became the Great Matriarch of James & Jesus' immediate family.

"Joseph’s of Arithamea’s sister Bianca was the grand-mother to both Jesus , James, and John the Baptist."



Collected, written, and posted by:  Wanda Karyn Bostic   

 December 2009:   Updated 2014



Sources:  Asis

                 “Did the Virgin Mary Live and Die in England” by:  Victor Dorstan

                 “Did the Apostle Paul visit Britain” by:  R. W. Morgan

                 “Genealogy of the Royal Line” by: R.H. Milner

                 “Missing Linds Discovered in Assyrian Tablets” dated 707BC

                 “A Complete Study of the Twelve Tribes of the House of Israel”

                      discovered by Sir Henry Laynard in 1843.

                "Mary Magdalene's Legacy: by. L. Gardner