Dictionary Mode: easton:Funeral
Funeral @ Burying was among the Jews the only mode of disposing of corpses Genesis:23:19 Genesis:25:9 Genesis:35:8 -9, etc.). The first traces of burning the dead are found in 1Samuel:31:12. The burning of the body was affixed by the law of Moses as a penalty to certain crimes Leviticus:20:14 Leviticus:21:9). To leave the dead unburied was regarded with horror (kjvKings:13:22; 14:11; 16:4; 21:24, etc.). In the earliest times of which we have record kinsmen carried their dead to the grave Genesis:25:9 Genesis:35:29; Judges:16:31), but in later times this was done by others Amos:6:16). Immediately after decease the body was washed, and then wrapped in a large cloth Acts:9:37; Matthew:27:59; Mark:15:46). In the case of persons of distinction, aromatics were laid on the folds of the cloth John:19:39; comp. John:12:7). As a rule the burial (q.v.) took place on the very day of the death Acts:5:6 Acts:5:10), and the body was removed to the grave in an open coffin or on a bier Luke:7:14). After the burial a funeral meal was usually given ( 2Samuel:3:35; Jeremiah:16:5-7; Hosea:9:4).
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