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Burial Customs
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Burial
Burial (קָבַר‎, qavar; קְבֻרָה‎, qevurah; ἐνταφιάζω, entaphiazō; ἐνταφιασμός, entaphiasmos). The act of preserving or disposing of human remains, often as part of a funeral ceremony.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Burials
BURIALS. Biblical references to burial are descriptive rather than prescriptive. Descriptions often include the formulas, “he lay with his fathers” (mainly in Kings and Chronicles, cf. 1 Kgs 14:31; 2 Chr 12:16), indicating a natural death, or “he was gathered to his people” (used by P, cf. Gen 25:8;
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Burial, Burial Customs
Burial, Burial Customs. The Bible makes frequent reference to burial practices. A society’s burial customs are a reflection of its spiritual views about death and the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians, for example, thought of life after death as a continuation of physical activities in another realm,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Burial
Burial [Heb. qeḇûrâ; Gk. entaphiázō—either the act of burial (Jer. 22:19; prob Eccl. 6:3; Isa. 14:20; and the one AV NT reference, Mt. 26:12; cf. entaphiasmós—‘burying,’ Mk. 14:8; Jn. 12:7) or the place of burial (2 Ch. 26:23)]; AV also “burying place” (Gen. 47:30), “grave” (Gen. 35:20; Ezk.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Burial, Burial Customs
BURIAL, BURIAL CUSTOMS* The Bible makes frequent reference to burial practices. A society’s burial customs are a reflection of its views about death and the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians, for example, thought of life after death as a continuation of physical activities in another realm, as evidenced
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Burial
burial, the disposition of a human corpse to prevent its desecration. The Hebrew word (qeburah) and the Greek word (entaphiazō) meaning “burial” describe either the act of burying (Eccles. 6:3; Isa. 14:20; Jer. 22:19; Matt. 26:12) or the burial place (Gen. 47:30; Deut. 34:6; 2 Kings 9:28; 21:26: 23:30).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Burial
Mummy-shaped coffin of wood of King Tutankhamon of Egypt. LLBURIAL. The manner of disposing dead bodies in biblical times varied from country to country. In Egypt the outstanding burial practice for nobles and royalty was the unique method of embalming (see Embalm). The internal organs were removed
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Burial
BurialTerms for burial in the Bible may refer to the burial preparation process, the interment of the body, or the place of burial. Biblical texts tend to be brief descriptions of burial practices rather than lengthy prescriptions of burial rites. Among most peoples of the ancient Near East, burial
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Burial
Burial. †Respectful treatment of the dead, through appropriate mourning and proper burial, was a significant concern in both the Old and New Testaments. After a person had breathed his last, his eyes were shut (Gen. 46:4) and he was buried, sometimes in his everyday clothing (Ezek. 32:27; cf. 1 Sam.
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Burial
BURIAL It seems that belief in an after-life is almost as old as man. For this there is ample evidence in the careful attention paid, from very early times, to the burial of a dead person, to the position in which he was placed in the grave, to the offerings with which he was supplied and to the marking
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Burial
BURIAL The ritual interment of the dead, either in the ground or in a cave or a tomb hollowed out of rock.
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Burial Practices, Jewish
BURIAL PRACTICES, JEWISHRituals and beliefs of Jewish people during the first century a.d. regarding death and the dead included ceremonies for disposal of the human corpse, burial techniques, rites of mourning and theological beliefs about the dead and the afterlife. In the NT period, Jewish burial
Key passages
Ge 35:19–20

And Rachel died and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). And Jacob erected a pillar at her burial site. That is the pillar of the burial site of Rachel unto this day.

Ge 50:25–26

Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall bring up my bones from here.” So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old. They embalmed him and he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

Dt 21:22–23

“And if a man commits a sin punishable by death, and so he is put to death and you hang him on a tree, his dead body shall not hang on the tree, but certainly you shall bury him on that day, for cursed by God is one that is being hung; so you shall not defile your land that Yahweh your God …

2 Ch 16:13–14

And Asa slept with his ancestors. And he died in the forty-first year of his reign. And they buried him in his burial site, which had been cut out for him in the city of David. And they laid him on the bier which they had filled with all kinds of spices made by the perfumers as a fragment ointment. …

Jn 11:44

The one who had died came out, his feet and his hands bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped with a facecloth. Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”