Women play the central role as eyewitness at Jesus’ death, entombment as well as in the discovery of the empty tomb.
The entombment of Christ is one of several standard representations of Jesus’s suffering and death at the hands […]
“This Flow’r whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness ev’rywhere.
True Man, yet very God;
From sin and death He saves us
And lightens ev’ry load.”
This iconic narrative from the Judeo-Christian tradition is full of olfactory references that are topical today:
“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell the scent in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs, for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.” – AMOS