The alabaster jar
found in the royal palace of Assur, which was part of the booty that king Asarhaddon took of Abdimilkuti's palace in Sidon with other alabaster vessels (as shown by Assyrian inscriptions on it) originated as a diplomatic gift (Preusser 1955:21 ff.
Margaret Starbird, author of The Woman with the Alabaster Jar
, was the keynote speaker.
Some believe the conflation of Mary of Bethany and Mary of Magdala results not just from their shared name but also from the presence of the alabaster jar
of perfumed oil.
The first verse refers to the story in Mark 14:3-9 where a woman breaks open an alabaster jar
of precious ointment and pours it on Jesus' head, anointing him.
31) could have added a correction to his reference to Starbird's The Woman with the Alabaster Jar
Jesus will be wasted, too -- his life broken open like an alabaster jar
In 1993, her book The Woman with the Alabaster Jar
reexamined the gospels and the Grail legends to find what she considers strong evidence of a hidden marriage between Jesus and Mary of Bethany, Lazarus' sister--later given the epithet "the Magdalene.
The other women are Mary of Bethany, Mary with the alabaster jar
and the unnamed sinner who washes Jesus' feet in the Gospel of Luke.
It is forever choosing Abel over Cain, Isaac over Esau, Joseph over the older brothers, the prodigal son over the dutiful brother, the Samaritan heretic over Jewish priest and Levites, the widow's mite over the large donations, a lost sheep over 99 safe ones, a woman with an alabaster jar
of ointment over the elegant leaders of Jerusalem, Magdalene over the Twelve to announce the Resurrection, a maid of Nazareth to be mother of the Messiah, a befuddled fisherman to become Peter, an enemy of the church to become the apostle to the Gentiles.
Inside the tomb we found a lot of objects representing the funeral deposit or funeral gods, hundreds of pottery vessels and jars, alabaster jars
, amulets, statues and wooden statues.
Still unknown is whose mummies are in the five wooden sarcophagi with painted funeral masks, surrounded by alabaster jars
inside the undecorated single-chamber tomb.
When King Tut's tomb was opened in 1922, there were 350 liters of oils found in alabaster jars