alabaster

alabaster

Compact, translucent gypsum often carved into vases. In the NT a globular perfume flask carved from alabaster is mentioned. Made without handles, it had a long neck that was broken to pour out the perfume (Mark 14:3; Matt 26:7).

Mark 14:3

The Anointing at Bethany
3While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly oin ... View more

Matt 26:7

7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.

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