Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews.1 With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away.
He was accompanied by Nicodemus,2 the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.a40
Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.3 This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.441
At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.
Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation5 and since the tomb was nearby,6 they laid Jesus there.