Ossuary from Second Temple Israel

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Here is a ‘bone box’ (ossuary) displayed at The Allard Pierson Museum (Amsterdam). The burial practices during the time of Jesus seemed generally to place the deceased body on a ledge in a cave for a year until only the bones remained. These bones were then deposited in a box like the one pictured as the final resting place of the physical remains of the individual.

Author: squeaky2

Education: BA, M.Div., BBA Profession: Carpenter (retired)

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