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Joshua 24:32

Now they buried the bones of Joseph, which the sons of Israel brought up from Egypt, at Shechem, in the piece of ground which Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of money; and they became the inheritance of Joseph's sons.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Hamor;   Joseph;   Shechem;   Thompson Chain Reference - Hamor;   Joseph;   Shechem;   Sychar, or Shechem;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Holy Land;   Lamb, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Joseph;   Shechem;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Joseph the son of jacob;   Shechem;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Burial;   Coin;   Joseph;   Kesitah;   Pieces;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Burial;   Gaal;   Hamor;   Joseph;   Joshua;   Shechem (1);   Stephen;   Sychem;   Tombs;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Hamor;   Joseph;   Joshua, the Book of;   Kesitah;   Shechem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Hamor;   Jacob;   Joseph;   Kesitah;   Shechem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Gerizim;   Jacob's Well;   Joseph ;   Sepulchre;   Shechem;   Sychar ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Hamor ;   Shechem ;   Weights and Measures;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Josh'ua, Book of;   She'chem;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Burial;   Buying;   Hamor;   Jacob (1);   Joshua, Book of;   Money;   Parcel;   Piece of Silver;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Eliezer B. Jose Ha-Gelili;   Hamor;   High Place;   Joseph;   Joshua, Book of;   Shechem;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And the bones of Joseph - See the note on Genesis 50:25, and on Exodus 13:19. This burying of the bones of Joseph probably took place when the conquest of the land was completed, and each tribe had received its inheritance; for it is not likely that this was deferred till after the death of Joshua.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt,.... At the request, and by the order of Joseph, Genesis 50:25; which were punctually observed by the children of Israel under the direction and command of Moses, and therefore is ascribed to him, as here to them, Exodus 13:19,

buried they in Shechem; not in the city, but in a field near it, as the next clause shows. The Jews in their Cippi Hebraici sayF7Ut supra. (Cippi Heb. p. 32.) , that Joseph was buried at a village called Belata, a sabbath day's journey from Shechem; but Jerom saysF8Quaest. Heb. in Genesim, fol. 73. C. he was buried in Shechem, and his monument was to be seen there in his time. Not that they buried him at the same time Joshua was buried, but very probably as soon as the tribe of Ephraim was in the quiet possession of this place; though the historian inserts the account of it here, taking an occasion for it from the interment of Joshua:

in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for an hundred pieces of silver; of which purchase See Gill on Genesis 33:19,

and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph; and particularly of the tribe of Ephraim by lot, agreeably to the gift and disposal of it by Jacob to Joseph; see Gill on Genesis 48:22.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

the bones of Joseph — They had carried these venerable relics with them in all their migrations through the desert, and deferred the burial, according to the dying charge of Joseph himself, till they arrived in the promised land. The sarcophagus, in which his mummied body had been put, was brought thither by the Israelites, and probably buried when the tribe of Ephraim had obtained their settlement, or at the solemn convocation described in this chapter.

in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought … for an hundred pieces of silver — {Kestitah} translated, “piece of silver,” is supposed to mean “a lamb,” the weights being in the form of lambs or kids, which were, in all probability, the earliest standard of value among pastoral people. The tomb that now covers the spot is a Mohammedan Welce, but there is no reason to doubt that the precious deposit of Joseph‘s remains may be concealed there at the present time.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 24:32". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-24.html. 1871-8.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

The remembrance of the just is blessed. The bones of Joseph had been long kept if, as we may suppose, the funeral of them was only now performed. He had been dead nearly 200 years. Yet such was the affection of Israel to his memory, and obedience to his dying request, that they thought it no trouble to carry his bones about with them in all their journeys. See Genesis 1:25; Exodus 13:19.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

The bones of Joseph — Joseph died two hundred years before in Egypt, but gave commandment concerning his bones, that they should not rest in a grave, 'till Israel rested in the land of promise. Now therefore they were deposited in that piece of ground, which his father gave him near Shechem. One reason why Joshua called all Israel to Shechem, might be to attend Joseph's bones to the grave. So that he now delivered as it were both Joseph's funeral sermon, and his own farewell sermon. And if it was in the last year of his life, the occasion might well remind him, of his own death now at hand. For he was just of the same age with his illustrious ancestor, who died being one hundred and ten years old, Genesis 50:26.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 24:32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

Ver. 32. Buried they in Shechem.] Where his monument was to be seen in Jerome’s time, as he testifieth in his questions upon Genesis.

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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 32. And the bones of Joseph—buried they in Shechem See Genesis 50:25. Some are of opinion, that Joshua performed this duty soon after the passage over Jordan, immediately after he had built the altar on mount Ebal, near Shechem. Others think that it was not done till the peace which followed the conquest of the land of Canaan. They all conclude, that Joshua would not have longer deferred paying to the patriarch Joseph an honour so frequently enjoined. The reason, say they, that no mention of the ceremony occurs before, is, that it was thought proper to collect together, in this concluding passage, what respected the funerals of three great men. But there seems no difficulty in supposing Joshua to have discharged himself of this tribute to the remains of Joseph in the great assembly of the nation at Shechem. We might even suppose, that it was the design of interring the bones of that patriarch with greater solemnity, which determined Joshua to convene that assembly there, rather than at Shiloh.

In a parcel of ground which Jacob bought, &c.— See Genesis 23:16; Genesis 33:18-19; Genesis 48:22; Genesis 50:25. Joseph was not interred in Shechem, but, according to the ancient custom, in a field adjoining. Probably, the other children of Jacob received the like honour, each tribe taking care to bury its ancestor, either at Machpelah, or elsewhere, in the land of Canaan. Josephus asserts that it was so, upon the credit of an ancient tradition,, Hist. Jud. l. ii. c. 4.; and St. Stephen confirms the relation, Acts 7:16.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

In Shechem; not in the city of Shechem, but in a field near and belonging to it, as appears from the following words, and from Genesis 33:18, and from the ancient custom of the Israelites to have their burying-places without cities, in fields or gardens.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, they buried in Shechem in the parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for a hundred pieces of silver, and they became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.’

The parcel of ground that Jacob had bought (Genesis 33:19) was still recognised as belonging to him, and was identifiable. This demonstrated that there were those alive, who were descended from members of the household of Jacob, who were still living there. This burial would have taken place many years earlier, but is mentioned here as a finalising of the deliverance record, demonstrating that the journey from Egypt was finally over. All was at rest.

“The inheritance of the children of Joseph.” Shechem was within the inheritance of Manasseh, the son of Joseph. But this suggests that in a special way the grave and the bones became the inheritance of the two tribes as the sons of Joseph. Joseph himself had requested that his bones be brought there (Genesis 50:25; Exodus 13:19), and now it was accomplished.

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Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 24:32. The bones of Joseph — Joseph died two hundred years before in Egypt, but gave commandment concerning his bones, that they should not rest in a grave till Israel rested in the land of promise. Now, therefore, they were deposited in that piece of ground which his father gave him near Shechem. One reason why Joshua called all Israel to Shechem, might be to attend Joseph’s bones to the grave. So that he now delivered, as it were, both Joseph’s funeral sermon, and his own farewell sermon. And if it was in the last year of his life, the occasion might well remind him of his own death now at hand. For he was just of the same age with his illustrious ancestor, who died, being one hundred and ten years old, Genesis 50:26.

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Sichem. Joseph had charged his brethren to take his bones with them, Genesis l. 24., and Exodus xiii. 19. Masius supposes that they were solemnly interred after the altar was erected near Sichem, and the covenant ratified, when all the people were together. Others think that they deferred doing this till the country was conquered and divided. Josue would lose no time unnecessarily in performing these last rites to the revered patriarch. --- Field. Jacob had given this field to his son. He had first purchased it; (Genesis xxxiii. 19,) and when the Amorrhite had taken possession again, after the unhappy affair at Sichem, he recovered it by the sword, Genesis xlviii. 22. --- Ewes. Hebrew Kesita may denote also some species of money, though not perhaps marked with any figure of a lamb, &c. (Calmet) --- Protestants, "pieces of silver." (Haydock) --- The mausoleum of Joseph at Sichem, was to be seen in St. Jerome's time. (q. Heb. in Gen.) (Worthington)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the bones of Joseph. Compare Genesis 50:25. Hebrews 11:22. Shechem. Where God first appeared to Abraham in Canaan (Genesis 12:6), and where he built his first altar (Genesis 12:6, Genesis 12:7).

Jacob bought. Compare Genesis 33:19. Not Acts 7:16, nor Gen 23, which was quite a different transaction.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

The bones of Joseph. They had carried these venerable relics with them in all their migrations through the desert, and deferred the burial, according to the dying charge of Joseph himself, until they arrived at the promised land. The sarcophagus in which his mummied body had been put was brought hither by the Israelites, and probably buried when the tribe of Ephraim had obtained their settlement, or at the solemn convocation described in this chapter.

In a parcel of ground which Jacob bought ... for an hundred pieces of silver. Kesitah, translated 'piece of silver,' is supposed to mean a lamb, the weights being in the form of lambs or kids, which were in all probability the earliest standard of value among pastoral people, The tomb that now covers the spot is a Mohammedan Wely; but there is no reason to doubt that the precious deposit of Joseph's remains may be concealed there at the present time.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
bones
Genesis 50:25; Exodus 13:19; Acts 7:16; Hebrews 11:22
buried
Genesis 33:19; 48:22
pieces of silver
or, lambs.
Reciprocal: Genesis 12:6 - Sichem;  Joshua 17:7 - Shechem;  2 Samuel 23:1 - the last;  1 Kings 12:1 - Shechem;  Psalm 60:6 - Shechem;  Jeremiah 41:5 - Shechem;  John 4:5 - the parcel

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

32.And the bones of Joseph, etc The time when the bones of Joseph were buried is not mentioned; but it is easy to infer that the Israelites had performed this duty after they obtained a peaceful habitation in the city of Shechem. For although he had not designated a particular place for a sepulchre, they thought it a mark of respect to deposit his bones in the field which Jacob had purchased. It may be, however, that this is expressed as a censure on the sluggishness of the people, to which it was owing, that Joseph could not be buried with Abraham, that locality being still in the power of the enemy. Stephen (Acts 7:0) mentions the bones of the twelve patriarchs, and it is not impossible that the other tribes, from feelings of emulation, gathered together the ashes of their progenitors. It is there said that the field was purchased by Abraham; but obviously an error in the name has crept in. With regard to sepulture, we must hold in general, that the very frequent mention of it in Scripture is owing to its being a symbol of the future Resurrection.

END OF THE COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK
OF JOSHUA.

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