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tombs

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A Dictionary of the Bible What is This? Contains accessibly written entries for topics covering the religious, historical, and social aspects of the Bible.

    tombs

    Jewish dead were always buried, and skeletons of the 1st cent. CE of crucified victims have been discovered in a cemetery in Jerusalem. If burial took place in a grave, it would be covered with stones after the interment. Larger tombs, or sepulchres, could be cut into limestone rock and a stone door tightly fastened, forming an imposing mausoleum. The doors were shaped like wheels and were rolled up a track when necessary and held by a block, which was simply moved out of the way when the door was to return to seal the tomb. Probably this is the kind of tomb which Joseph of Arimathaea owned (John 20: 12), but its exact location is unidentifiable.

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