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Ointment

The Bible

Bible Usage:

Dictionaries:

  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Ointment

Various fragrant preparations, also compounds for medical purposes, are so called (Exodus 30:25; Psalms 133:2; Isaiah 1:6; Amos 6:6; John 12:3; Revelation 18:13).


Naves Topical Index
Ointment

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Ointment

(An oily or unctuous substance, usually compounded of oil with various spices and resins and aromatics, and preserved in small alabaster boxes or cruses, in which the delicious aroma was best preserved. Some of the ointments have been known to retain their: fragrance for several hundred years. They were a much-coveted luxury, and often very expensive.

ED.)

  1. Cosmetic .

    The Greek and Roman practice of anointing the head and clothes on festive occasions prevailed also among the Egyptians, and appears to have had place among the Jews. (Ruth 3:2)

  2. Funereal .

    Ointments as well as oil were used to anoint dead bodies and the clothes in which they were wrapped. (Matthew 26:12)

  3. Medicinal .

    Ointment formed an important feature in ancient medical treatment. (Isaiah 1:6; Jeremiah 8:22; John 9:6; Revelation 3:18) etc.

  4. Ritual.

    Besides the oil used in many ceremonial observances, a special ointment was appointed to be used in consecration. (Exodus 30:23,33; 29:7; 37:29; 40:9,15) A person whose business it was to compound ointments in general was called an "apothecary." (Nehemiah 3:8) The work was sometimes carried on by woman "confectionaries." (1 Samuel 8:13)


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Ointment

OINT'MENT, noun Unguent; any soft, unctuous substance or compound, used for smearing, particularly the body or a diseased part.