The Anointing at Bethany
Simon the leper had apparently been cured, possibly by Jesus himself. The action of the woman was highly symbolic:
The woman's action was therefore a confession that Jesus was the Messiah.
- Kings were anointed with oil at their crowning.
- The word Messiah (Greek 'Christ') means 'anointed one'.
- Bodies were anointed before burial. Mark would have known that there had been no time to anoint the body of Jesus before burial.