Journal of Pentecostal Theology © 2006 SAGE Publications London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi http://JPT.sagepub.com Vol 15(1) 73-82 DOI: 10.1177/0966736906069257 T HREE A NOINTINGS AND O NE O FFERING : T HE S INFUL W OMAN IN L UKE 7.36-50 Kent A. Van Til * Religion Department, Hope College Holland, MI 49423, USA email: firstname.lastname@example.org A BSTRACT The story of a woman pouring oil on Jesus’ feet or head is attested in all four canonical gospels. While some see the Lukan version pointing to an event that is different from the ‘Bethany’ anointing found in the other three gospels, I argue that all four accounts are based on the same event. The differences in Luke’s narrative, instead, can be accounted for by seeing the pouring of oil in Luke as symbol of a sacriﬁcial offering rather than an anointing. Understanding this symbolic act as an offering/sacriﬁce ﬁts Luke’s theme of forgiveness, which is evident in this passage and many others. Moreover, it shows how Luke’s gospel moves his readers from a Jewish, male, temple-based religion at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry to a Jewish and Gentile, male and female, Spirit-based religion that culminates at Pentecost. Such a
Journal of Pentecostal Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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