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What were some of the customs of mourning among Jews in biblical times?

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"In Smith's Dictionary of the Bible, we read: `The number of words (about eleven Hebrew and as many Greek) employed in scripture to express the various actions characteristic of mourning, shows in a great degree the nature of Jewish customs in this respect. They appear to have consisted chiefly in the following particulars: Beating upon the breast or other parts of the body. Weeping and screaming in an excessive degree. Wearing sad-colored garments. Songs of lamentation. Funeral feasts. Employment of persons, especially women, to lament. (Gen. 23:2; Job 1:20; 2:8; Isa. 15:3.)"

Source: James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, pp. 324-325.

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