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Tomb

TOMB (Gr. taphos). The word “tomb” is used rather loosely. It may mean a chamber, vault, or crypt, either underground or above. It may refer to a pretentious burying place on a special site. It may be a beehive structure where many bodies can be placed. In general, any burying place is a tomb. The Hebrews were not impressed by the tombs of Egypt, hence their burials remained simple, most burying sites being unmarked. Some kings were interred in a vault in Jerusalem (1Kgs.2.10; 1Kgs.11.43); just where this burial place was located has not been determined. Some mention their “father’s tomb” (2Sam.2.32; Neh.2.3).