dear one hundred hour board,
a friend of mine posed an interesting question in regards to the recent attempt to move the remains of parley p. pratt from arkansas to utah. i figured if anyone could help him out, it would be you folks!
he says: "There is a biblical precedence for the disinterment of bones. I'm thinking particularly of Joseph's bones being buried with his fathers. This makes good sense to me, but perhaps only on a superficial level (it's a nice thought to be buried with loved ones, and it would be nice to be resurrected among them). Can anyone speak more on this tradition, perhaps from a Hebrew perspective?"
Many resources later, I'm pulling up dry here. There actually isn't a whole lot of Hebrew tradition on this. Joseph is the only one I can think of off the top of my head. And really, he most likely was mummified. Thus, they wouldn't have had to dig up his bones to move him. He probably had himself a nice little burial tomb that would have been simple to collect him from. Considering how much the Egyptians hated the Israelites at that time, moving Joseph was probably the safest thing for them to do. I'm sure the Egyptians weren't a fan of having an Israelite in a burial place of honor. The Israelites may simply have been afraid of what the Egyptians would have done to the body of Joseph had they left it there. (Note: there is a large percentage of speculation here.)
So... knowing nothing else about this so-called tradition... I can't tell you any more than that. Sorry.
~ Dragon Lady