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Jesus is in the tomb…but Sunday is coming

By Elizabeth Prata

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. (John 19:40)

Though the Bible does not systematically describe Hebrew burial practice, several features can be gleaned from individual passages. Joseph closed his father’s eyelids soon after Jacob’s death (Genesis 46:4). Jesus’ body was prepared for burial by anointing it with aromatic oils and spices and wrapping it in a linen cloth (Mark 16:1; Luke 24:1; John 19:39). The arms and legs of Lazarus’ body were bound with cloth, and the face covered by a napkin (John 11:44). The body of Tabitha was washed in preparation for burial (Acts 9:37). Putting them all together may give a picture of the Hebrew method of preparing bodies for burial. Source:

Freeman, J. M., & Chadwick, H. J. (1998). Manners & customs of the Bible (p. 523). Bridge-Logos Publishers.

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