Crypts: Entombment Background: A Better Understanding
Entombment of the dead has a long tradition among Christian people.
The burial of the Lord Jesus himself was above-ground when Joseph
of Arimathea provided a burial space for his body in a cave tomb near
Calvary, the place of his death by crucifixion (see Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-53 and
Entombment beneath the city of Rome by the early
Christians in over 300 miles of tunnels called catacombs further
established this practice among the followers of Jesus. Crypts for
civic and church leaders in public buildings or churches demonstrate
the honorable purpose of entombment.