ANNOINT - Megan Bledsoe Elizabeth Harris Religion 102 paper...

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Megan Bledsoe Elizabeth Harris Religion 102 paper 1 Nov 2005 Christ is from the Greek word “Christos” which means to anoint or be anointed. To anoint is to literally apply oil or a similar substance to someone, often for religious purposes as a sign of sanctification or consecration. The word Messiah, which Jesus Christ is often referred to as, also means anointed with oil. Priests, prophets, and kings of the time were often anointed with oil to show their importance. But anyone can be “messiahed” by being anointed with oil. Each gospel has a passage telling a story of Jesus’ anointment. Each passage generally tells the story of Jesus being anointed by a woman. But each gospel writer tells the story through a different light. Different people appear and disappear, the setting changes a bit, the wording may be altered some. A distinct message of Jesus also shines through with each one. In Mark, the main image of Jesus is one of being a servant and not announcing he was Messiah. He did less preaching and showed more through his actions. Chapters 9-16 of Mark are referred to as the “movement of suffering”. This story is an example of the fact that Jesus often had to take suffering and misunderstanding to become Messiah. It may not seem like that, since the disciples only directly scold the woman for wasting the oils. But the disciples still do not fully understand Jesus’ message; they are placing too much value on things of this world. They still are not at the point where they would “waste” the oils. Their intentions are noble, “for this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor” (Mark 14:5). But they
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2 must realize Jesus comes even before the betterment of others. The story is an excellent example of how Mark’s Jesus had to suffer to become Messiah; of course he would never be fully understood—to Christians Jesus is divine, and always just out of their grasp of understanding. To Mark, Jesus has to be abandoned to be who he is. This could also go along with the fact that Mark (along with Matthew) is more negative towards disciples. Mark often is thought of as talking to people who actually may have seen Jesus’ teachings take place. The people surrounding Jesus in Mark are constantly in shock and awe, perhaps also to emphasize they do not understand what he is going through. He also addresses Gentiles and not Jews since he explained Jewish tradition. The length of the passage is average for the story, being six verses (Mark 14: 3-9). The woman who anoints
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