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A small wood or stone box used to collect an individual’s bones in secondary burial.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
OssuariesSide of a limestone ossuary (Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums)Aramaic inscription, “Simeon, builder of the sanctuary,” on an ossuary from Giv`at ha-Mivtar (Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums)oshʹə-wār-ēz [Gk ostophágoi; Lat ossuarium—‘for bones’]. Small clay
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
OSSUARY* A small stone coffin (Latin, ossuarium), vase, or casket for the reception of the calcined remains of the dead, or a sepulchral house, where the bones of the dead were deposited. Sarcophagus was the name given by the Greeks and Romans to a big stone coffin. Some religious ideas were involved
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
ossuaries (from Lat. os or ossum, “bone”), small chests used for gathering human bones after the corpse had decomposed. Ossuaries were usually made from limestone with average dimensions of 20–30 inches by 12–20 inches by 10–16 inches. They became popular among Jews especially in Judea in the first century
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Ossuariesossuaries (from Lat. os or ossum, ‘bone’), small chests used for gathering human bones after the corpse had rotted. Ossuaries are usually made from limestone with average dimensions of 20-30 inches by 12-20 inches by 10-16 inches. Ossuaries became popular in Palestine in the first century
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
ossuary os’yoo-er’ee. Ossuaries are small boxes of varying size usually made of limestone or baked clay, and often decorated with carved geometrical patterns. The bones of the dead were placed in these after the flesh had decayed, and they were then deposited in special tombs, often large enough for
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
OssuaryA rectangular, stone (less frequently clay or wood) burial chest or → box, smaller than a → sarcophagus, larger than a → reliquary, for secondary burial (= ossilegium, the reburial of bones after the decomposition of the flesh). The o. was a common Jewish burial vessel in Roman Palestine, esp.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
OSSUARIES os´yoo-er´ee. This term does not appear in the Bible. An ossuary is a chest or box, usually made of stone, used for secondary burial, i.e., the reburial of human bones after the flesh of a corpse has decayed. Ossuaries are typically found in Jewish tombs of the Early Roman period near Jerusalem.