Word: apokuliw

Pronounce: ap-ok-oo-lee'-o

Strongs Number: G617

Orig: from 575 and 2947; to roll away:--roll away (back). G575

Use: Verb

Heb Strong: H1556

    1) to roll off or away
    This word is used in the Gospels to refer to the stone that was in front of the tomb of Jesus. In Palestine, graves were usually in a depression and the stone was rolled down an incline to cover the mouth of the tomb. For a small grave, about twenty men were required to roll a stone down hill to cover the door of the tomb. The Bible tells us that the stone covering the door of the tomb was a large stone. The women would have needed more men than even a full Roman guard of sixteen men to roll away the stone. This was a major task.