The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
A pottery coffin from Bethshean. Palestine Archeological MuseumCOFFIN. Coffins were seldom used by the Hebrews, who buried their dead wrapped in cloths or sheets. The only exception in the Bible is the case of Joseph, who died as a nobleman in Egypt (Gen 50:26). His embalmed body was likely placed
SARCOPHAGUS. A coffin, originally of stone. The Gr. word has the sense of “eating flesh,” for coffins of limestone hastened the decomposition of the corpse. Usually, however, sarcophagi were intended to protect and preserve the body, as in the case of the inscribed stone sarcophagus of King Ahiram of
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
COFFIN (Heb. ˒ārôn, Gen. 50:26, “and he was … placed in a coffin in Egypt”). Undoubtedly a mummy chest made of sycamore wood that was deposited in a room, according to Egyptian custom, and carried away with Israel at the Exodus. See Burial; Dead, The.The same Heb. word is rendered “chest” (2 Kings
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Coffinused in Gen. 50:26 with reference to the burial of Joseph. Here, it means a mummy-chest. The same Hebrew word is rendered “chest” in 2 Kings 12:9, 10.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
COFFIN — a casket in which a corpse is placed before burial (Gen. 50:26). Also see Bier.
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Wood: Coffin
Wood: CoffinMost inhumation burials in late antiquity took place in wooden coffins or on wooden biers, which now can be identified only by the survival of coffin nails. For example, mid-4th-c. graves in → Cologne had wooden coffins and were accompanied by → niches lined with w.; some niches had wooden
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