Joseph of Arimathea

After the death of Jesus, Joseph asked Pilate for the body of Jesus and buried it in a tomb newly hewn out of a rock (Mk 15:43-46). Joseph was a wealthy Jew, and a member of the Sanhedrin. He may have been a secret disciple of Jesus. The Gospel of Mark records that Joseph was "looking for the kingdom of God." Joseph is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on Aug. 1.

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