The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 23:56
And they returned…
To the city, and to their own
houses, or to some one of them;
and prepared spices and ointments;
for the anointing, and embalming
the body of Christ, called by the Jews the spices of the dead; see
the note on (Mark 16:1)
and rested the sabbath day, according to the commandment,
(Exodus 20:8-11) not knowing as yet the abolition of it, with the rest of
the ceremonial law; and therefore, though they had bought and prepared
the spices and ointments, they did not carry them to the sepulchre
to anoint the body with them, till the sabbath was over; for this
was forbidden to be done on a sabbath day. It is asked F6,
``what is that thing that is lawful to be done to a living
man, and is forbidden a dead man? It is said, (hkyo hz) ,
"this is anointing".''
Though elsewhere F7 this
``is allowed of; for so runs one of their traditions; they
do all things necessary for the dead, (i.e. on a sabbath
day,) (Nyko) , "they anoint", and wash him, only they
may not move a limb of him.''
But how he could be anointed, and washed, without a limb being
moved, is not very easy to say, as his foot, or hand, or eye brows,
which are the parts one of their commentators instances in F8.
F6 T. Hieros. Sahbat. fol. 12. 2.
F7 Misn. Sabbat. c. 23, sect. 5.
F8 Bartenora in ib.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 23:56". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=lu&chapter=023&verse=056>. 1999.