memorials

memorials

Various physical and abstract entities in the Bible, such as stones, words, and days, intended to serve as reminders to people and to God of some word or event. Theophanies (Gen 28:18-22; Exod 24:4), God’s splitting the Jordan River (Josh 4:4-24), and serious sins (Num 16:40) are commemorated through physical memorials. The celebration of the Passover day memorializes God’s salvation of Israel (Exod 12:14). In secular life, memorials mark grave sites (Gen 35:20), especially when someone dies childless (2Sam 18:18; Isa 56:5). Written words serve as memorials in the phylacteries (Exod 13:9) and in the narrative of Amalek’s defeat (Exod 17:14). God is also reminded of his covenant with Israel by the written word (Mal 3:16), though visual cues, such as the shoulder pieces of the ephod of the priestly breastplate (Exod 28:12; Exod 28:29), and the aural cue of the blasting trumpet (Num 10:10) are also used. In the NT, prayer and alms can serve as a memorial (Acts 10:4), and Luke and Paul claim that the Last Supper is a meal intended to be repeated as a remembrance of Jesus (Luke 22:19; 1Cor 11:24).

Gen 28:18-22

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Exod 24:4

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Josh 4:4-24

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Num 16:40

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Exod 12:14

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Gen 35:20

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2Sam 18:18

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Isa 56:5

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Exod 13:9

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Exod 17:14

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Mal 3:16

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Exod 28:12

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Exod 28:29

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Num 10:10

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Acts 10:4

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Luke 22:19

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1Cor 11:24

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