Who Anointed Jesus At Bethany?

Before the Resurrection, before the crucifixion, and even before the betrayal of Jesus, Jesus was anointed at Bethany by an unnamed woman. Jesus said that this story would be told wherever the Gospel is preached in memory of this woman, but she’s never named in the story. So, how can this story be told of what she did in memory of her if she isn’t named? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to find the identity of this mystery woman in her video, Who Anointed Jesus At Bethany?

Matthew 26:6-13
John 12:1-8

Who Anointed Jesus At Bethany?

The Story of the Unnamed Woman at Bethany

Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Matthew 26:6-13

The Name of the Woman Who Anointed Jesus at Bethany

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

John 12:1-8

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