Phrases from the Bible about Perfume:
The history of the production and use of perfume
stretches back thousands of years. In the Bible the use of scent and perfume is
mentioned on many occasions.
For example, the Song Of Songs, of King Solomon,
is composed of Love Songs between a man and a woman. In
these verses we can find extensive use of words and sentences that relate to
perfume and aromatic plants in relation to love and sensuality.
(The traditional interpretation of the Song Of
Songs relates to it as an allegory to the relations between God and the Jewish
people. In the Christian tradition it is looked on as an allegory of the
relations between Jesus with the Christian church).
Songs", In Chapter 1 phrase 3:
ointments have a goodly fragrance; thy name is as ointment poured forth;
therefore do the maidens love thee".
Songs", In Chapter 4 phrase 10:
"How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! how much better is thy love than
wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all manner of spices".
4 Phrase 14: we fine names of aromatic plants that are used at that time.
and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and
aloes, with all the chief spices".
The Book of
Exodus Chapter 30 phrase 22-26
the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take thou
also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of
sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet
calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels,
after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an
hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment
compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil".
The book of
Esther chapter 2 phrase 12: there is a description of what girls have to go
through before they are permitted to visit
the king. They would go through 12 months of beauty treatment with herbs,
perfumes, and cosmetics and were also given other training and preparation to
make certain that they were as attractive as possible.
time of purification took one year to accomplish.
The things used for purifying included:
months with oil of myrrh,
months with sweet odors and other things.
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