The Fragrance of Her Perfume

Kurek-Chomycz, Dominika A. (2010) The Fragrance of Her Perfume. Novum Testamentum, 52 (4). pp. 334-354. ISSN 0048-1009

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The limited number of olfactory images in the NT has tempted interpreters to read them all along similar lines, without paying sufficient attention to individual contexts. Another tendency, especially with regard to the account of the anointing in Bethany in the Fourth Gospel, has been to concentrate on the question of its historicity and its relationship to the Synoptic parallels, while neglecting one of the important characteristics of John’s version, namely its heightened attention to the sensory aspect and its implications for the portrayal of Mary of Bethany in the FG. In this essay I discuss the specific features of the Fourth Evangelist’s adaptation of the anointing story, highlighting the sensory elements and pointing out that they are an important, albeit often neglected, indication of the Johannine redaction

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sense imagery, John 12:3, anointing in Bethany, Gospel of John, olfaction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 10:08
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 10:08

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