Dictionary Mode: easton:Grave
@ Among the ancient Hebrews graves were outside of cities in the open field Luke:7:12; John:11:30). Kings (kjv Kings:2:10) and prophets ( 1Samuel:25:1) were generally buried within cities. Graves were generally grottoes or caves, natural or hewn out in rocks Isaiah:22:16; Matthew:27:60). There were family cemeteries Genesis:47:29 Genesis:50:5; 2Samuel:19:37). Public burial-places were assigned to the poor Jeremiah:26:23; 2Kings:23:6). Graves were usually closed with stones, which were whitewashed, to warn strangers against contact with them Matthew:23:27), which caused ceremonial pollution Numbers:19:16). There were no graves in Jerusalem except those of the kings, and according to tradition that of the prophetess Huldah.
Graven image @ Deuteronomy:27:15; Psalms:97:7 (Heb. pesel), refers to the household gods of idolaters. "Every nation and city had its own gods...Yet every family had its separate household or tutelary god."
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