The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Tomb (קֶבֶר‎, qever; Τάφος, Taphos; μνημει, mnēmei͂ον, on). A place for burial of the dead. Also referred to as a “grave,” “burial site,” or “sepulchre.”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tomb; Sepulchre
Tomb; Sepulchre A place where a corpse is buried. In the RSV OT “tomb” or “sepulchre” usually represents Heb. qeḇer or qeḇûrâ (AV often “grave” or “sepulchre”). Both Hebrew terms are cognates of the verb qāḇar (“bury”) and denote a grave or burial place. Other Hebrew terms are ṣārî (a)ḥ
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
TOMB. A burial place, larger and more complex in plan or structure than a simple grave dug in the earth. Tombs usually are associated with the burial of persons of position or wealth, and are designed to serve as a monument or memorial to the deceased. In the Bible a number of Heb. and Gr. words refer
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
TombTombs and cemeteries are frequently found in proximity to archaeological ruins. While grave robbing has destroyed much evidence about ancient burials, the legal excavation of tombs in the biblical world has revealed much information about ancient life. Naturally, burials—along with ancient literature
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Tomb (Heb. qeḇer, qeḇȗrȃ Gk. mnēmeíon, mnḗma, táphos).† A place of burial for the dead, often a natural cave or a chamber dug out for the purpose. Ancient tombs are well known, both from biblical and extrabiblical writings and from the excavation of thousands of tombs.The literature accords
Catholic Bible Dictionary
V. Tombs
v. tombsEarly forms of Israelite burial included the use of caves as tombs. The first burial mentioned in the Old Testament is that of Sarah in the cave at Machpelah at Hebron (Gen 23:4–19). There were also vaults excavated out of rock; the bodies were placed on slabs or benches carved out of the interior
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
cemetery. A place set apart for the burial of the dead. The Gk. word (κοιμητήριον) means a ‘sleeping-place’, and seems to have been used exclusively of Christian burialgrounds. RC canon law still insists that, where possible, the Church should have its own cemeteries or at least an area in public
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Tomb. From the burial of Sarah in the cave of Machpelah, Gen. 23:19, to the funeral rites prepared for Dorcas, Acts 9:37, there is no mention of any sarcophagus, or even coffin, in any Jewish burial. Still less were the rites of the Jews like those of the Pelasgi or Etruscans. They were marked with the
Burial Sepulchres
Burial, Sepulchres. [Tombs.] On this subject we have to notice—1. The place of burial, its site and shape; 2. The mode of burial; 3. The prevalent notions regarding this duty.1. A natural cave enlarged and adapted by excavation, or an artificial imitation of one, was the standard type of sepulchre.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
TOMB (Heb. gādı̂sh, “heaped” up, a “tumulus”; Gk. mnēmeion, a “remembrance”). A natural cave enlarged and adapted by excavation, or an artificial imitation of one, was the standard type of sepulcher. This was what the structure of the Jewish soil supplied or suggested.“The caves, or rock-hewn sepulchers,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Tombsof the Hebrews were generally excavated in the solid rock, or were natural caves. Mention is made of such tombs in Judg. 8:32; 2 Sam. 2:32; 2 Kings 9:28; 23:30. They were sometimes made in gardens (2 Kings 21:26; 23:16; Matt. 27:60). They are found in great numbers in and around Jerusalem and all
Sepulchrefirst mentioned as purchased by Abraham for Sarah from Ephron the Hittite (Gen. 23:20). This was the “cave of the field of Machpelah,” where also Abraham and Rebekah and Jacob and Leah were buried (49:29–32). In Acts 7:16 it is said that Jacob was “laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Sepulchre, Church of the Holy
Sepulchre, Church of the HolySepulchre, Church of the Holy, church located in Jerusalem dating from Byzantine times (after sixth century a.d.) and thought to contain the location of Jesus’ tomb. The present edifice is based on the church built by the Crusaders (a.d. 1149). It is controlled by six groups,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
TOMB — an elaborate burial place for the dead. In Palestine ordinary people were buried in shallow graves covered by stones or a stone slab. People of importance and wealth were placed in tombs.The most elaborate examples of tombs are the pyramids of Egypt, which served as burial places for the pharaohs.