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John 19:40

Context
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Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, 1  in strips of linen cloth 2  according to Jewish burial customs. 3 

XREF

Joh 11:44; Joh 20:5-7; Ac 5:6

NET © Notes

tn On this term see BDAG 140-41 s.v. ἄρωμα. The Jews did not practice embalming, so these materials were used to cover the stench of decay and slow decomposition.

tn The Fourth Gospel uses ὀθονίοις (oqonioi") to describe the wrappings, and this has caused a good deal of debate, since it appears to contradict the synoptic accounts which mention a σινδών (sindwn), a large single piece of linen cloth. If one understands ὀθονίοις to refer to smaller strips of cloth, like bandages, there would be a difference, but diminutive forms have often lost their diminutive force in Koine Greek (BDF §111.3), so there may not be any difference.

tn Grk “cloth as is the custom of the Jews to prepare for burial.”



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