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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Burial  \Bur"i*al\,  n.  [OE.  buriel,  buriels  grave,  tomb,  AS 
  byrgels  fr  byrgan  to  bury,  and  akin  to  OS  burgisli 
  sepulcher.] 
  1.  A  grave;  a  tomb;  a  place  of  sepulture.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  erthe  schook,  and  stoones  weren  cloven,  and 
  biriels  weren  opened.  --Wycliff 
  [Matt.  xxvii. 
  51,  52]. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  burying;  depositing  a  dead  body  in  the  earth, 
  in  a  tomb  or  vault,  or  in  the  water,  usually  with 
  attendant  ceremonies;  sepulture;  interment.  ``To  give  a 
  public  burial.''  --Shak. 
 
  Now  to  glorious  burial  slowly  borne.  --Tennyson. 
 
  {Burial  case},  a  form  of  coffin,  usually  of  iron,  made  to 
  close  air-tight,  for  the  preservation  of  a  dead  body. 
 
  {Burial  ground},  a  piece  of  ground  selected  and  set  apart  for 
  a  place  of  burials,  and  consecrated  to  such  use  by 
  religious  ceremonies. 
 
  {Burial  place},  any  place  where  burials  are  made 
 
  {Burial  service}. 
  a  The  religious  service  performed  at  the  interment  of 
  the  dead;  a  funeral  service. 
  b  That  portion  of  a  liturgy  which  is  read  at  an 
  interment;  as  the  English  burial  service. 
 
  Syn:  Sepulture;  interment;  inhumation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  burial 
  n  1:  the  ritual  placing  of  a  corpse  in  a  grave  [syn:  {entombment}, 
  {inhumation},  {interment},  {sepulture}] 
  2:  concealing  something  under  the  ground  [syn:  {burying}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Burial 
  The  first  burial  we  have  an  account  of  is  that  of  Sarah  (Gen. 
  23).  The  first  commercial  transaction  recorded  is  that  of  the 
  purchase  of  a  burial-place,  for  which  Abraham  weighed  to  Ephron 
  "four  hundred  shekels  of  silver  current  money  with  the 
  merchants."  Thus  the  patriarch  became  the  owner  of  a  part  of  the 
  land  of  Canaan,  the  only  part  he  ever  possessed.  When  he  himself 
  died,  "his  sons  Isaac  and  Ishmael  buried  him  in  the  cave  of 
  Machpelah,"  beside  Sarah  his  wife  (Gen.  25:9). 
 
  Deborah,  Rebekah's  nurse,  was  buried  under  Allon-bachuth,  "the 
  oak  of  weeping"  (Gen.  35:8),  near  to  Bethel.  Rachel  died,  and 
  was  buried  near  Ephrath;  "and  Jacob  set  a  pillar  upon  her  grave" 
  (16-20).  Isaac  was  buried  at  Hebron,  where  he  had  died  (27,  29). 
  Jacob,  when  charging  his  sons  to  bury  him  in  the  cave  of 
  Machpelah,  said  "There  they  buried  Abraham  and  Sarah  his  wife; 
  there  they  buried  Isaac  and  Rebekah  his  wife;  and  there  I  buried 
  Leah"  (49:31).  In  compliance  with  the  oath  which  he  made  him 
  swear  unto  him  (47:29-31),  Joseph,  assisted  by  his  brethren, 
  buried  Jacob  in  the  cave  of  Machpelah  (50:2,  13).  At  the  Exodus, 
  Moses  "took  the  bones  of  Joseph  with  him,"  and  they  were  buried 
  in  the  "parcel  of  ground"  which  Jacob  had  bought  of  the  sons  of 
  Hamor  (Josh.  24:32),  which  became  Joseph's  inheritance  (Gen. 
  48:22;  1  Chr.  5:1;  John  4:5).  Two  burials  are  mentioned  as 
  having  taken  place  in  the  wilderness.  That  of  Miriam  (Num. 
  20:1),  and  that  of  Moses,  "in  the  land  of  Moab"  (Deut.  34:5,  6, 
  8).  There  is  no  account  of  the  actual  burial  of  Aaron,  which 
  probably,  however,  took  place  on  the  summit  of  Mount  Hor  (Num. 
  20:28,  29). 
 
  Joshua  was  buried  "in  the  border  of  his  inheritance  in 
  Timnath-serah"  (Josh.  24:  30). 
 
  In  Job  we  find  a  reference  to  burying-places,  which  were 
  probably  the  Pyramids  (3:14,  15).  The  Hebrew  word  for  "waste 
  places"  here  resembles  in  sound  the  Egyptian  word  for 
  "pyramids." 
 
  Samuel,  like  Moses,  was  honoured  with  a  national  burial  (1 
  Sam.  25:1).  Joab  (1  Kings  2:34)  "was  buried  in  his  own  house  in 
  the  wilderness." 
 
  In  connection  with  the  burial  of  Saul  and  his  three  sons  we 
  meet  for  the  first  time  with  the  practice  of  burning  the  dead  (1 
  Sam.  31:11-13).  The  same  practice  is  again  referred  to  by  Amos 
  (6:10). 
 
  Absalom  was  buried  "in  the  wood"  where  he  was  slain  (2  Sam. 
  18:17,  18).  The  raising  of  the  heap  of  stones  over  his  grave  was 
  intended  to  mark  abhorrence  of  the  person  buried  (comp.  Josh. 
  7:26  and  8:29).  There  was  no  fixed  royal  burying-place  for  the 
  Hebrew  kings.  We  find  several  royal  burials  taking  place 
  however,  "in  the  city  of  David"  (1  Kings  2:10;  11:43;  15:8;  2 
  Kings  14:19,  20;  15:38;  1  Kings  14:31;  22:50;  2  Chr.  21:19,  20; 
  2  Chr.  24:25,  etc.).  Hezekiah  was  buried  in  the  mount  of  the 
  sepulchres  of  the  sons  of  David;  "and  all  Judah  and  the 
  inhabitants  of  Jerusalem  did  him  honour  at  his  death"  (2  Chr. 
  32:33). 
 
  Little  is  said  regarding  the  burial  of  the  kings  of  Israel. 
  Some  of  them  were  buried  in  Samaria,  the  capital  of  their 
  kingdom  (2  Kings  10:35;  13:9;  14:16). 
 
  Our  Lord  was  buried  in  a  new  tomb,  hewn  out  of  the  rock,  which 
  Joseph  of  Arimathea  had  prepared  for  himself  (Matt.  27:57-60; 
  Mark  15:46;  John  19:41,  42). 
 
  The  grave  of  Lazarus  was  "a  cave,  and  a  stone  lay  on  it"  (John 
  11:38).  Graves  were  frequently  either  natural  caverns  or 
  artificial  excavations  formed  in  the  sides  of  rocks  (Gen.  23:9; 
  Matt.  27:60);  and  coffins  were  seldom  used  unless  when  the  body 
  was  brought  from  a  distance. 
 




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