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tomb, burial place, grave (also see death)
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* Sepulchre - a cavernous rock-cut space for interment, generally in the Jewish or Christian faiths (cf. Holy Sepulchre)

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Genesis 23:6 - to bury Sarah, Abraham bought the field and cave at Mamre from Ephron the Hittite
Deuteronomy 34:6 - Moses' burial place, location kept secret
Judges 8:32 - Gideon's burial place was in the tomb of his father, Joash
1 Samuel 10:2 - Rachel's tomb was still a landmark in Saul's time

SEPULCHRE [Easton's Bible Dictionary]

First mentioned as purchased by Abraham for Sarah from Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 23:20). This was the "cave of the field of Machpelah," where also Abraham and Rebekah and Jacob and Leah were burried (49:29-32). In Acts 7:16 it is said that Jacob was "laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem." It has been proposed, as a mode of reconciling the apparent discrepancy between this verse and Genesis 23:20, to read Acts 7:16 thus: "And they [i.e., our fathers] were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor [the son] of Sychem." In this way the purchase made by Abraham is not to be confounded with the purchase made by Jacob subsequently in the same district. Of this purchase by Abraham there is no direct record in the Old Testament. (See TOMB .)

BURIAL, SEPULCHRES [Smith's Bible Dictionary]

[TOMBS] On this subject we have to notice --

  1. The place of burial, its site and shape;
  2. The mode of burial;
  3. The prevalent notions regarding this duty.
  4. A natural cave enlarged and adapted by excavation, or an artificial imitation of one was the standard type of sepulchre. Sepulchres, when the owner’s means permitted it, were commonly prepared beforehand, and stood often in gardens, by roadsides, or even adjoining houses. Kings and prophets alone were probably buried within towns. (1 Kings 2:10; 16:6,28) Cities soon became populous and demanded cemeteries, (Ezekiel 39:15) which were placed without the walls. Sepulchres were marked sometimes by pillars or by pyramids. Such as were not otherwise noticeable were scrupulously "whited," (Matthew 23:27) once a year, after the rains before the passover, to warn passers-by of defilement.
  5. "The manner of the Jews" included the use of spices, where they could command the means. (2 Chronicles 16:10) A portion of these was burnt in honor of the deceased, and to this use was probably destined part of the one hundred pounds weight of "myrrh and aloes" in our Lord’s case. In no instance, save that of Saul and his sons, were the bodies burned; and even then the bones were interred, and re-exhumed for solemn entombment. It was the office of the next of kin to perform and preside over the whole funeral office; though public buriers were not unknown in New Testament times. (Acts 5:6,10) The body was borne by the nearest relatives. The grave-clothes were probably of the fashion worn in life, but swathed and fastened with bandages, and the head covered separately.
  6. The precedent of Jacob’s and Joseph’s remains being returned to the land of Canaan was followed, in wish at least, by every pious Jew.

SEPULCHRE [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

- See Burial

SEPULCHRE [Thompson Chain Reference]
    Genesis 23:6
    Deuteronomy 34:6
    2 Kings 9:28
    2 Chronicles 16:14
    Isaiah 53:9
    Matthew 27:60
    Mark 6:29
    Luke 24:1
    SEE Burying Places
    SEE Grave, The