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Arimathea

Arimathea was the home town of a man named Joseph who is known to Bible History for his having placed the body of the Messiah in Joseph's own new tomb in Jerusalem. Today, the location of Arimathea is uncertain, with three separate towns being possibilities: Ramathaim in the Israelite territory of Ephraim (the birth-place of Samuel), Ramleh in the Israelite territory of Dan, or Rama in the Israelite territory of Benjamin (see Bible Places).

Tribes of Israel

Joseph of Arimathea

"It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the Temple [see "My Father's House"] was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit!" And having said this He breathed His last."

"Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, and said, "Certainly this man was innocent!" And all the multitudes who assembled to see the sight, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all His acquaintances and the women who had followed Him from Galilee stood at a distance and saw these things."

"Now there was a man named Joseph from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their purpose and deed, and he was looking for the Kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate [see Pontius Pilate] and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down [see Crosses] and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid Him in a rock-hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid." (Luke 23:44-53 RSV)

Fact Finder: What was the name of the other man who helped Joseph of Arimathea place Jesus' body in the tomb?
John 19:39
See also Nicodemus


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