"And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan".
(Genesis 23:19 KJV)
Abraham's wife Sarah is the first burial mentioned in Our Awesome God's Bible.
"When a Hebrew died the deceased’s body was laid out – either on bare ground, or on sand or salt. The first duty was to close and secure the eyes and mouth of the corpse, after it was absolutely certain death had occurred. The body then was washed with warm water (cf. Acts 9:37). This custom, called the 'Purification of the dead,' still prevails among the Jews. The nails and hair were trimmed, and the body was anointed with ointment in preparation for burial (Mt. 26:12; Luke 23:56; Jn.19:39).
"Burial usually was effected as quickly as possible – frequently the same day (Acts 5:6,10; 8:2). Exceptions to this could be made (Acts 9:38). The Jews did not practice cremation, believing that such was paganistic. Too, there was a superstition that the soul could feel what was done to the body.
"Burial places were located outside of the cities (Mt. 8:28; 27:7,52-53). En route from the home to the tomb, the deceased was generally carried on a bier (Luke 7:14), which was probably a wooden slab. Along the way, the bier might be carried by various family members and friends. Women were required to lead the procession since Hebrew men felt they were responsible for introducing death into the world. Hired mourners, who shrieked and pounded their breasts, along with musicians, might accompany the funeral trek (Mt. 9:23; Jer 9:17).
"At the cemetery an oration would be delivered and the body would be deposited in the tomb. Frequently these were caves or rock-hewn receptacles. Within these were niches, designed to house several bodies. Usually a tomb could accommodate about eight bodies – sometimes more. The entrance to the grave was secured by a door or large stone (Mt. 27:66; Mk.15:46; Jn.11:38-39)." Written by Wayne Jackson for the Christian Courier at:
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