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 punishmentSee also Lev 20:14; Lev 21:9; Jos 7:15,25; 2Ki 23:20
Funeral fires for the kings of JudahThese were not for the purpose of cremating the king’s corpse, but public demonstrations in his honour: 2Ch 16:14; Jer 34:5