mourning rites

mourning rites

The rituals practiced upon the death of a relative or national figure or in times of national crisis. Death was variously acknowledged by rending the clothes, dressing in sackcloth, shaving one’s hair, or cutting oneself (Gen. 38:34 Job 1:20; Job 2:12-13; 2Sam 13:31; Mic 1:16; Jer 16:16; Ezek 27:30-31; but see the prohibitions in (Lev 19:27-28). Various mourning periods are specified in the narratives, ranging from seven days (Gen 50:10), to three weeks (Dan 10:2), to “many days” (Gen 37:34). There are no specific instructions for mourning in the NT, although the custom of communal mourning for the dead did continue (Mark 5:38; John 11:33).

Job 1:20

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Job 2:12-13

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2Sam 13:31

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Mic 1:16

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Jer 16:16

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Ezek 27:30-31

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Lev 19:27-28

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Gen 50:10

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Dan 10:2

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Gen 37:34

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Mark 5:38

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John 11:33

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