From the tree (apo tou xulou). Not here strictly a tree, but wood as already in Acts 5:30 ; Acts 10:29 and later in Galatians 3:13 . Strictly speaking, it was Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who took the body of Jesus down from the cross, though the Jews had asked Pilate to have the bones of Jesus broken that his body should not remain on the cross during the Sabbath ( John 19:31 ). Paul does not distinguish the details here. Laid (eqhkan). First (kappa) aorist active indicative third plural of tiqhmi in place of eqesan the usual second aorist active plural form. Tomb (mnhmeion). Memorial, common in the Gospels.