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Joseph Ben of Arimathea

Birthplace: ARimethea, Amman, Jordan
Death: Died in Glastonbury, Somerset, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthat ben Levi and Esthra / Estha
Husband of Wife of Joseph and Blanc
Father of Enygeus / Anna (Fictional); Josephes, Bishop of Sarras (Fictional); Galahad (Fictional) and Simon of Benwick (Fictional)
Brother of Saint Joseph of Arimathea; Saint Joachim and Heli son of (ben?) Matthat
Half brother of Heli son of (ben?) Matthat

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About Joseph Ben of Arimathea

For the real Joseph of Arimathea, see Joseph of Arimathea.

The first mention of Joseph of Arimathea in connection with Britain is the 9th century Life of Mary Magdalene by Rabanus Maurus (766-856), Archbishop of Mainz. Joseph first appears as the legendary Keeper of the Holy Grail in Robert de Boron's Joseph d'Arimathie (early 13th century).

According the story, he settled in Britain after the Crucifixion of Jesus, bringing the Holy Grail with him. The story spawned a rich literature on the same theme. Later tradition says he was a wealthy merchant who owned tin mines in Cornwall, and some popular fiction has him bringing Jesus with him to Britain to be trained by Druids there.


Joseph was a metal merchant and may have made many trips to Britain. Although the Anglo-Israelists wish to believe that Joseph went to Ireland with his daughter, more reliable sources claim differently. They say Beli met and married Anna while he was living in Rome with his exiled father. Later, when Beli regained the throne, he invited a group of Christians to live in Britain where they could worship as they pleased; Joseph of Arimathea was one of that group.

There are many stories about his being buried there and the miracles the artifacts he took with him have performed. Among the artifacts attributed to him on different occasions are: the Lia Fail (Stone of Destiny) and a staff made from the same thorn tree as the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus just before his crucifixion.

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