5275 cremation

5275 cremation

The burning of a dead body. Cremation was not practised by Israel or the first Christians. In difficult circumstances a corpse might be burnt and the remains buried

Cremation of corpses

1Sa 31:12-13 This was done to prevent any further abuse of the bodies by the Philistines. David later reburied the remains in a family grave (see 2Sa 21:12-14).

Burning a body as a punishment

See also Lev 20:14; Lev 21:9; Jos 7:15,25; 2Ki 23:20

Funeral fires for the kings of Judah

These were not for the purpose of cremating the king’s corpse, but public demonstrations in his honour: 2Ch 16:14; Jer 34:5

See also

4826fire
5241burial
5320funeral
5482punishment
9030dead bodies

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