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Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Criminals were usually put to death before hanging, for ignominy (Joshua 10:26). The bodies were removed before nightfall in order not to defile the land (Deuteronomy 21:22-23). Hence our Lord's body as those of the two thieves was taken from the cross before the "high day" of the approaching "sabbath" (John 19:31).
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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Hanging'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/h/hanging.html. 1949.