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embalming


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Embalm  \Em*balm"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Embalmed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Embalming}.]  [F.  embaumer;  pref.  em-  (L.  in)  +  baume 
  balm.  See  {Balm}.] 
  1.  To  anoint  all  over  with  balm;  especially,  to  preserve  from 
  decay  by  means  of  balm  or  other  aromatic  oils,  or  spices; 
  to  fill  or  impregnate  (a  dead  body),  with  aromatics  and 
  drugs  that  it  may  resist  putrefaction. 
 
  Joseph  commanded  his  servants,  the  physicians,  to 
  embalm  ?is  father;  and  the  physicians  embalmed 
  Israel.  --Gem.  l.  2. 
 
  2.  To  fill  or  imbue  with  sweet  odor;  to  perfume. 
 
  With  fresh  dews  embalmed  the  earth.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  preserve  from  decay  or  oblivion  as  if  with  balm;  to 
  perpetuate  in  remembrance. 
 
  Those  tears  eternal  that  embalm  the  dead.  --Pope. 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Embalming 
  the  process  of  preserving  a  body  by  means  of  aromatics  (Gen. 
  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 
  Chr.  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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