5004RE: [John_Lit] Two burial stories
- Sep 8, 2004
>But then I will ask you to please tell me howThere is a detailed discussion in
>the "Jews" are likely to have buried the three corpses. Would they have
>used a common grave for the three of them, or would they have buried
>them in separate graves? Would they have dug graves in the earth or used
>tombs that were hewn out of the rock?
Jewish ossuaries: reburial and rebirth. Secondary burials in their ancient
Near Eastern setting. [By] Eric M. Meyers (Rome, Biblical institute press,
The bodies were placed in tombs hewn out of rock and one year later the
bones were placed either in an ossuary if the family was wealthy or on a
shelf with other bones. However we do not know if the these practices
extended to all burials. We do know there is a relationship between family
wealth and burial practices.
Richard H. Anderson
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