Why did Joseph stop at the threshing floor to burn sacrifice for seven days?

Why did Joseph stop at the threshing floor of Atad to burn sacrifice for seven days?

Genesis 50:10

ESV - 10 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
My understanding is that this period of time (called "Shiva" from the Hebrew word for "seven") is the second stage (of five) associated with the mourning of the death of a first-degree relative (a parent, spouse, child, or sibling) in Judaism. (The first stage is Aninut, which is the most extreme period of grief, in which emotions such as anger, disbelief, and denial are experienced.) Aside from the reference to it in Genesis 50, it is also biblically associated with the manner in which Job's three friends sat on the ground with him for seven days in mourning for all the adversity that had happened to him (Job 2:13).

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