Salves, perfumes, or aromatic oils. Spices were part of the luxury trade of the ancient world; a “balm,” resin of Pistacia mutica, was among the gifts sent to Joseph (Gen 43:11
). Balsam oil or perfume in general appears in the catalogue of wealth that flows through Tyre (Ezek 27:22
). Spices were used in the anointing oil, perhaps a balsam oil (Exod 35:28
; 1Kgs 10:2
). “Spices” may also refer to a sweet-smelling cinnamon or a sweet cane (Exod 30:23
). Aromatic oils and perfumes were used for embalming and anointing a corpse (Mark 16:1
; Luke 23:56
; John 19:40
11Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry them down as a pres ... View more
22The merchants of Sheba and Raamah traded with you; they exchanged for your wares the best of all kinds of spices, and all precious stones, and gold.
28and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense.
2She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices, and very much gold, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she told hi ... View more
23Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred fifty, and two hundred fifty o ... View more
The Resurrection of Jesus
1When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint h ... View more
56Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
40They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.