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Funeral: Burying was among the Jews the only mode of disposing of corpses (Genesis 23:19; 25:9; 35:8,9) etc. The first traces of burning the dead are found in (1 Samuel 31:12) The burning of the body was affixed by the law of Moses as a penalty to certain crimes (Leviticus 20:14; 21:9) To leave the dead unburied was regarded with horror (1 Kings 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; 35:29; Judges 16:31) but in later times this was done by others (Amos 6:10) 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 5:6,10) 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 (2 Samuel 3:35; Jeremiah 16:5,7; Hosea 9:4)

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