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Joseph of Arimathea

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Among the members of the Jewish Council that condemned Jesus to death were at least two who disagreed with the decision. One was Nicodemus (cf. John 7:50-51), the other a man named Joseph who came from the Judean village of Arimathea (Luke 23:50-51; John 19:38-39).

Joseph was a just and righteous man, well respected, wealthy, and a follower of Jesus (Matthew 27:57; Mark 15:43; Luke 23:50). Though he feared the Jews, he was bold enough to ask Pilate for the body of Jesus so that he might give Jesus an honourable burial. With Nicodemus he took the body down from the cross, anointed it with spices, wrapped it in linen and placed it in the tomb that he had prepared for himself (Matthew 27:58-60; John 19:38-42).


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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Joseph of Arimathea'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/bbd/j/joseph-of-arimathea.html. 2004.

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the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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