Joseph the son of Jacob is the only person to be buried in a coffin. The Bible gives a record of Joseph’s life in the book of Genesis. Majority of the people who died in the Bible were mostly buried in caves or tombs.
The book of Genesis Chapter 50:26 gives details of how Joseph was buried, the verse goes ahead to provide the number of years that the son of Jacob lived on earth. According to the verse in Genesis, Joseph lived 110 years before he met his death and he was buried in Egypt.
You may have probably read the whole bible but you may not come across a verse in the bible where someone is buried in a coffin apart from Joseph’s death, however, coffin is mentioned in the Bible in several verses. The verse that talks about Joseph’s death is the last verse of the book of Genesis.
Most burials in the bible were majorly done inside a tomb or even in caves, even Jesus Christ when he died he was buried in a rich man’s tomb. Being that Joseph was buried in a coffin is a sign that coffins existed from long time.
The casket industry traces its roots back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, where wood, cloth and paper were used to make sarcophagus-style burial boxes.
In Europe, the Celts began making caskets out of flat stones around the year 700.
However, for centuries, caskets were only used to bury aristocrats and nobility.