7:36 Now one of the Pharisees 1 asked Jesus 2 to have dinner with him, so 3 he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 4 7:37 Then 5 when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus 6 was dining 7 at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar 8 of perfumed oil. 9
2 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate that Jesus’ action was the result of the Pharisee’s invitation.
4 tn Grk “and reclined at table,” as 1st century middle eastern meals were not eaten while sitting at a table, but while reclining on one’s side on the floor with the head closest to the low table and the feet farthest away.
5 tn Grk “And behold.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative. The Greek word ἰδού (idou) at the beginning of this statement has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).
6 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
7 tn Grk “was reclining at table.”
8 sn A jar made of alabaster stone was normally used for very precious substances like perfumes. It normally had a long neck which was sealed and had to be broken off so the contents could be used.
9 tn Μύρον (muron) was usually made of myrrh (from which the English word is derived) but here it is used in the sense of ointment or perfumed oil (L&N 6.205). The same phrase occurs at the end of v. 38 and in v. 46.
sn Nard or spikenard is a fragrant oil from the root and spike of the nard plant of northern India. This perfumed oil, if made of something like nard, would have been extremely expensive, costing up to a year’s pay for an average laborer.