The Egyptian’s mummification process is relatively well known, having been written about in numerous books, magazines, other publications, as well as discussed in numerous video productions. The body was first cleaned, then all internal organs were removed and preserved. The next step involved drying the body in a bed of natron salts - a process that normally took 40 days - and finally it was anointed with perfumes and oils.
The body was then ready for wrapping. Many yards of fairly narrow linen strips were used. This step could take up to 15 days. When wrapping was complete, the whole body was covered with a shroud secured by more strips of linen. The whole process took 70 days.
This biblical account of Jacob’s death included the following details about his embalming: “And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days (Exodus:50:3).