saint joseph of arimathea
according to all four Gospels, a secret disciple of Jesus, whose body he buried in his own tomb. In designating him a "member of the council," Mark 15:43 and Luke 23:50 suggest membership of the town council in Jerusalem. Virtuous and rich, he held a high office, and he boldly gained Pontius Pilate's permission to obtain Jesus' body. Mark 15:43 notes his motive for this action as "looking for the kingdom of God." Joseph wished to prevent the body from hanging on the cross overnight and to secure for it an honourable burial, thereby offending Jewish Law, which allowed only a disgraceful burial to the executed
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