Perfume in the Bible
Chapter 9: Perfume at Bethany
Published:26 Jul 2019
2019. "Perfume at Bethany", Perfume in the Bible, Charles Sell
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Apart from Jesus’ baptism, with subsequent temptation and accounts of his crucifixion, entombment and resurrection, there are only two events recorded in all four gospels, and in one of these, a prominent feature is a bottle of perfume. Comparison of the four narratives produces some interesting results, as does investigation of how different people have interpreted them. The traditional Western view was first proposed by Pope Saint Gregory the Great, and his understanding of what happened has had a profound effect on Western art, including that of the glaziers who designed medieval and modern windows of churches and cathedrals. The book ends with a somewhat provocative question arising from the use of perfume at Bethany.