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(1st century). All that is certainly known about him is in the Gospels: that he was a Jewish councillor, a disciple of Jesus in secret, who had taken no part in his condemnation ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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... of Arimathaea , sometimes called Saint, was, with Nicodemus , a secret disciple of Jesus, and took His body down from the cross and buried it. Joseph was rich and a respected member of the Sanhedrin, but did not agree with the condemnation of Jesus. He asked Pilate's permission to bury the body of Jesus, and, with Nicodemus, wrapped it in a linen Shroud and put it in a new rock-cut tomb which he had intended for himself. All this is in the four Gospels (Matt. 27: 57–9; Mark 15: 43–6; Luke 23: 50–3; John 19: 38–41), but a much later legend (12th cent.)...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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... of Arimathea According to Matthew 27: 57–60, Joseph donated his own tomb for Christ's burial. For the legend of Joseph and the Grail, see Grail ; Glastonbury . According to fable, St Philip sent twelve disciples, led by Joseph , into Britain to preach Christianity. They founded at Glastonbury the first primitive church, which developed into Glastonbury Abbey. Here Joseph was buried. Medieval treatments of his legend include Robert de Boron 's Joseph d'Arimathie and an English alliterative poem, ed. David Lawton ( 1983...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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... of Arimathea According to Matthew 27: 57–60, Joseph donated his own tomb for Christ's burial. For the legend of Joseph and the Grail, see Grail ; Glastonbury . According to fable, St Philip sent twelve disciples, led by Joseph , into Britain to preach Christianity. They founded at Glastonbury the first primitive church, which developed into Glastonbury Abbey. Here Joseph was buried. Medieval treatments of his legend include Robert de Boron 's Joseph d'Arimathie and an English alliterative poem, ed. David Lawton ( 1983...

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The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible

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... of Arimathea . Unanticipated, Joseph enters all four passion narratives to request Jesus's body from Pilate to entomb it. Mark 15.43–46 depicts a respected council member awaiting the reign of God. His Joseph buys a linen cloth, removes the body from the cross, wraps and buries it, and rolls the stone against the tomb. Possibly a disciple, he adheres to commandments concerning burial. Matthew's “rich disciple” displays higher righteousness by placing Jesus's body in his own new tomb. Luke's “good and righteous” Joseph (23.50–53) explicitly dissents from...

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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... of Arimathea . Unanticipated, Joseph enters all four passion narratives to request Jesus ' body from Pilate to entomb it. Mark 15.43–46 depicts a respected council member awaiting the reign of God. His Joseph buys a linen cloth, removes the body from the cross, wraps and buries it, and rolls the stone against the tomb. Possibly a disciple, he adheres to commandments concerning burial ( Deut. 21.23 ; Tob. 1.17–18 ; B. Qam. 81a; Ketub. 17a; but see Num. 19.11 on restrictions involving corpse uncleanness). Matthew's “rich disciple” displays...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (5 rev. ed.)

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... of Arimathea (1st century). All that is certainly known about him is in the Gospels: that he was a Jewish councillor, a disciple of Jesus in secret, who had taken no part in his condemnation and who, after the death of Jesus, asked Pilate for his body and buried it in a tomb newly hewn out of the rock. The accretions of legend soon began. The apocryphal ‘Gospel of Nicodemus’ gave him an important share in founding the first Christian community at Lydda. But a French legend connecting him with the Holy Grail (the cup believed to have received the blood of...

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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... of Arimathea . A minor figure in the Gospels, who entered folklore when Glastonbury claimed he founded a church there in ad 63 ; this story first appears in 1247 , as a forged chapter inserted into William of Malmesbury's treatise On The Antiquity of Glastonbury Church (written c .1130 ). Such an early founder conferred great prestige; in the 14th and 15th centuries the Abbots of Glastonbury began calling Joseph ‘Saint’, dedicating a chapel to him, and claiming miracles. At first, no relics were mentioned, but in the late 15th century came the...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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... of Arimathaea, St. The ‘counsellor’ who after the Crucifixion requested from Pilate the body of Christ and gave it burial. The story that he came to England with the Holy Grail and built a church at Glastonbury is not found before the 13th cent. Feast day in the E. and in the American BCP ( 1979 ), 31 July; in the W., 17...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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...Joseph of Arimathaea, St. The ‘councillor’ ( βουλευτής ‎ , Lk. 23: 50 ) who after the Crucifixion requested from Pilate the body of Christ and gave it burial the same day ( Mt. 27: 60 , Mk. 15: 46 , Lk. 23: 53; cf. Jn. 19: 42 , etc.). He is described as a ‘good and a just man’ ( ἀνὴρ ἀγαθὸς καὶ δίκαιος ‎ ; Lk. 23: 50 ) and as a disciple, ‘but secretly for fear of the Jews’ ( Jn. 19: 38 ). Acc. to the apocryphal ‘Gospel of Nicodemus ’ he played an important part in the foundation of the first Christian community at Lydda. In the ‘De Antiquitate...

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World Encyclopedia

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... of Arimathea, Saint Prosperous Jew who was a secret follower of Jesus Christ . He claimed Christ's body from Pontius Pilate after the crucifixion and attended to its burial. His feast day is March 17 in the West, July 31 in the...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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... of Arimathea, St . The ‘councillor’ (Luke 23. 50) who buried the body of Jesus after the crucifixion. (Arimathea was perhaps Ramlah.) John 19. 38 adds that he was a secret disciple of Jesus. According to a 12th-cent. source, he came to England with the Holy Grail , building a church (the first in England) at Glastonbury . The Holy Thorn is said to have sprung from his staff. Feast day in E., 31 July; in W., 17...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Joseph of Arimathea

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(1st century).All that is certainly known about him is in the Gospels: that he was a Jewish councillor, a disciple of Jesus in secret, who had taken no part in his condemnation and who, after the ...
Arimathaea

Arimathaea  

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All the gospels mention that Joseph, who sought permission to bury Jesus in his personal tomb, lived in Arimathaea, 8 km. (5 miles) north of Jerusalem.
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An apocryphal work giving an account of the trial, death, and resurrection of Christ. In some MSS an independent treatise on the Descent of Christ into Hades is attached to it; the two together are ...
Glastonbury Abbey

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Somerset. Originally a Celtic foundation, under St Dunstan Glastonbury became an important educational and religious centre. Between 1129 and 1139 William of Malmesbury wrote a history of the abbey; ...

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