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Joseph and Nicodemus had long been believers in Jesus' teachings. They were also former members of the Sanhedrin, and now were about to become Jerusalem's "most outspoken" advocates for the Master.
Joseph (and his daughter Rebecca of the women's corps) was a Judean, Nicodemus was a Greek. They were mentioned in the same paragraph back in Paper 142:
...One Friday evening Nicodemus and one Joseph of Arimathea ventured out to see Jesus but turned back through fear even after they were standing before the entrance to the Master’s tent.... (1606.1)142:8.4
They are also mentioned in the Gospel of John, chapter 19:
38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
But only Joseph is mentioned in all four Gospels.
From Mark 15:
43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
From Luke 23:
50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a good man, and a just:
51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
From Matthew 27:
57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
The adoring and determined women cited in today's reading:
...the women were hiding near at hand so that they saw it all and observed where the Master had been laid. They thus secreted themselves because it was not permissible for women to associate with men at such a time. These women did not think Jesus had been properly prepared for burial, and they agreed among themselves to go back to the home of Joseph, rest over the Sabbath, make ready spices and ointments, and return on Sunday morning properly to prepare the Master’s body for the death rest. The women who thus tarried by the tomb on this Friday evening were: Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Clopas, Martha another sister of Jesus’ mother, and Rebecca of Sepphoris.... (2013.6)188:1.7
...were also cited by the Gospel writers:
From Matthew 27:
55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.
61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
From Luke 23:
55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
From Mark 15:
40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
Maybe a talented artist will someday paint this scene:
...the centurion ordered four of his soldiers to his side, and with drawn swords they stood astride the Master’s body as it lay there on the ground.... (2012.4)188:1.1
Evidently Tissot knew about the single Roman pallbearer when he painted this funeral scenario in the 19th century. It must be mentioned in the Bible, else he surmised it. But I haven't found any Bible verse that refers to a Roman carrying the body. You?
In tomorrow’s reading, Section 2. Safeguarding the Tomb, the Sanhedrin worries about the body being stolen and therefore requests that Roman guards be stationed at the tomb, to which Pilate agrees, and to which the Sanhedrin add their own ten men. The men roll another stone in front of the tomb, and the Roman guards affix Pilate's seal.
Overview of Paper 188 - The Time Of The Tomb
1. The Burial of Jesus
2. Safeguarding the Tomb
3. During the Sabbath Day
4. Meaning of the Death on the Cross
5. Lessons from the Cross
This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.
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