Definition of St Joseph of Arimathea from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


St Joseph of Arimathea

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(1st century AD) a rich supporter of Jesus who appears in the Bible. He asks for Jesus's body after he dies and puts it in his own tomb (= burial place). In traditional English stories he is said to have visited Glastonbury in Somerset, bringing the Holy Grail with him, and to have started the first English church. A thorn tree at Glastonbury is said to have grown from the stick that he carried.