Excellent query! We truly do not know which oils Jesus and his disciples particularly used-however this we do know-they weren’t utilizing their cooking oils or their lamp oils to anoint for therapeutic. In different words-they weren’t anointing with olive oil alone. Greater than possible they have been utilizing a therapeutic oil which can have been inside a provider oil similar to olive.
What Essential Oils Had been Accessible and Utilized in Biblical Occasions?
The Bible truly refers to thirty-five completely different botanical crops by title. Some have been used primarily for incense however many others have been crudely distilled by a number of completely different strategies and used for therapeutic the physique. They have been rubbed or smeared on the physique, poured on the physique or could have been sprinkled on the physique.
The extra fashionable oils that may have been generally accessible on the time of Jesus embody myrrh, frankincense, balsam, sandalwood (known as aloes at that time-no relation to aloe vera), cypress, hyssop, spikenard, cinnamon, cassia, calamus amongst others. These would have constituted their “drugs cupboard” very like we’d have aspirin and different treatments in our drugs chest.
Since these oils have been simply as costly in Biblical instances as they’re now, how do you suppose Jesus and his disciples have been in a position to afford them? The early Christian writings give us some insight-“The ladies noticed to the wants of the ministry.” You may interpret this as the ladies seeing to the disciple’s bodily wants like cooking and offering a spot for the disciples to remain. Or as this author feels-they made positive all of the disciples had these costly anointing oils for the ministry.