This word is used in the Gospels to refer to the stone that was infront of the tomb of Jesus. In Palestine, graves were usually in adepression and the stone was rolled down an incline to cover themouth of the tomb. For a small grave, about twenty men were requiredto roll a stone down hill to cover the door of the tomb. The Bibletells us that the stone covering the door of the tomb was a largestone. The women would have needed more men than even a full Romanguard of sixteen men to roll away the stone. This was a major task.