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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Embalming


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The process of preserving a body by means of aromatics (Genesis 50:2,3,26 ). This art was practised by the Egyptians from the earliest times, and there brought to great perfection. This custom probably originated in the belief in the future reunion of the soul with the body. The process became more and more complicated, and to such perfection was it carried that bodies embalmed thousands of years ago are preserved to the present day in the numberless mummies that have been discovered in Egypt.

The embalming of Jacob and Joseph was according to the Egyptian custom, which was partially followed by the Jews (2 Chronicles 16:14 ), as in the case of king Asa, and of our Lord (John 19:39,40 ; Luke 23:56 ; 24:1 ). (See PHARAOH .)


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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Embalming'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/e/embalming.html. 1897.

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