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Jesus is at dinner in Bethany when Mary anoints his feet with oil.

Six days before the Passover

The author uses these words to mark the beginning of a new event. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/writing-newevent)

a litra of perfume

You may convert this to a modern measure. A "litra" is about one third of a kilogram. Or you may refer to a container that could hold that amount. AT: "a third of a kilogram of perfume" or "a bottle of perfume" (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/translate-bweight)


This is a good-smelling liquid made by using the oils of pleasant smelling plants and flowers.


This is a perfume made from a pink, bell-shaped flower in the mountains of Nepal, China, and India. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/translate-unknown)

The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume

This can be translated in an active form. AT: "The scent of her perfume filled the house" (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-activepassive)


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  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/names/lazarus
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/names/martha
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/names/marysisterofmartha