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The process of preserving a corpse by drying; practiced in ancient Egypt to allow a soul to reunite with its body in the afterlife.
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embalming, a technique used by the Egyptians to preserve the bodies of humans and certain animals. The most important steps in the procedure were removing the visceral organs, dehydrating the body by immersing it for up to seventy days in a “bath” of dry natron salt, applying various spices and unguents,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EMBALM. Processes of preparing the dead for burial varied considerably among Near Eastern countries during the biblical period. Embalming in antiquity differed somewhat in both technique and purpose from the practice of today. The word originally indicated the treating of the body with spices or perfumes,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
EmbalmingThe process of preserving the body of the deceased (from Latin words meaning “to put into aromatic resins,” referring to the use of unguents, resins, and oils to preserve the body). “Mummify” is derived from Arab. mummiya, “pitch” or “bitumen,” a word used because some believed that the blackened
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Embalming (Heb. ḥanuṭîm).†; The treatment of dead bodies as prevention from decay. Unlike the Egyptians, the Hebrews looked askance at the practice of embalming the dead. The Old Testament mentions only two instances of embalming: Jacob, Joseph’s father, whose body the Egyptian “physicians” prepared
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
EMBALMING The Egyptians believed that the soul leaves the body of a dying person but returns to it at a later time. They therefore thought it appropriate to preserve the body—the eternal resting-place of the soul—by embalming it. The art of preserving a dead body from decay by means of aromatics or by
Catholic Bible Dictionary
EMBALMING The ancient method of preserving human and animal corpses from decomposition through extensive desiccation and the application of organic preservatives, in particular natron. Embalming is mentioned only twice in the Old Testament, in the burials of Jacob and Joseph (Gen 50:2, 26), both of whom
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Embalming, the process by which dead bodies are preserved from putrefaction and decay. It was most general among the Egyptians, and it is in connection with this people that the two instances which we meet with in the Old Testament are mentioned. Gen. 50:2, 26. The embalmers first removed part of the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Embalming—the process of preserving a body by means of aromatics (Gen. 50:2, 3, 26). This art was practised by the Egyptians from the earliest times, and there brought to great perfection. This custom probably originated in the belief in the future reunion of the soul with the body. The process became
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Embalmingembalming, a technique used by the Egyptians to preserve the bodies of humans and certain animals. The most important steps in the procedure were removing the visceral organs, dehydrating the body by immersing it for up to seventy days in a ‘bath’ of dry natron salt, applying various spices