Carcase (גּוַיָּה, מִפֶּלֶת, נּבֵלָה, פֶּגֶר, πτῶμα), the dead body of a man or beast (Jos 8:29; Isa 14:19; Heb 3:17, etc.). According to the Mosaic law, any Israelite became ceremonially unclean until the evening (and in turn rendered whatever he touched unclean, Hag 2:14; comp. Nu 19:22), by (unwitting) contact, under any circumstances, with a dead animal of the "unclean" class (Le 5:2; Le 11:8 sq.; comp. De 14:8), or with any "clean" animal, in case it had not been regularly slain according to the prescribed mode (Le 11:39 sq.). The eating of any (clean) beast that had died an accidental or natural death was still more strictly forbidden (Le 22:8; comp. Eze 4:14; Eze 44:31); but it might be sold as food to a foreigner (De 14:2). Carrion was doubtless buried or burned. On the sepulture of persons found dead, SEE HOMICIDE. An unburied carcass (Jer 36:30; Ps 79:3) was considered by the ancients the height of indignity and misfortune (Virgil, AEn. 10:559). SEE BURIAL. The Levitical enactments respecting all dead bodies evidently had their origin in sanitary reasons in a climate so liable to pestilence (Michaelis, Mos. Recht, 4:809 sq.). On the incident of the beehive in the skeleton (Jg 14:8), SEE BEE. On the allusion to the vulture's scent for putrid flesh, Mt 24:28 (Loder, De cadavere Judaico, ab aquilis Romnanis discerpendo, Argent. 1715; Rechenberg, De adagio Christi, etc., Lips. 1696), SEE EAGLE.

Bible concordance for CARCAS.

See also the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Topical Outlines Nave's Bible Topics International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Online King James Bible King James Dictionary

Verse reference tagging and popups powered by VerseClick™.