COFFIN. This word is used only in Gen.50.26; Luke.7.14. The literal meaning of the Hebrew word is “chest” or “box,” but in this instance may mean “mummy case.” Coffins were unknown among the Israelites, who were carried to the grave on a bier, a simple flat board with two or three staves. In Luke.7.14 where NIV has “coffin,” KJV has “bier.” In Egypt, where Joseph died, the dead were embalmed and put in a mummy case.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)


See Chest; Burial.

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