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Holman Bible Dictionary
An expensive fragrance derived from the roots of the herb nardostachys jatamansi
. The term appears twice in the Song of Solomon (Romans 1:12
; Romans 4:13-14
) and in two of the gospel accounts of the woman anointing Jesus at Simon's house in Bethany (Mark 14:3
; John 12:3
; “spikenard,” KJV). The disciples rebuked her for this action, stating that the ointment could have been sold for a sizeable sum and the proceeds donated to the poor.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Nard'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/n/nard.html. 1991.