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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #211 - ἀλάβαστρον
- a box made of alabaster in which unguents are preserved
ἀλᾰβ-αστρών, ῶνος, ὁ,
alabaster quarry, Sammelb. 4639 (iii A. D.).
ἀλάβαστρον , -ου , τό
(also -ος , ὁ , ἡ ; colloq. and κοινή for ἀλάβαστος ),
[in LXX: 2 Kings 21:13 (H6747)*;]
a box of alabaster (ἀλαβαστίτης ) for ointment: Matthew 26:7, Mark 14:3, Luke 7:37 (v. DCG, i, 41b; MM, VGT, s.v.).†
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The word is found with μύρου , as in Mark 14:3, in OG1S 629.35 (A.D. 137) μύρου [ἐν ἀλαβάσ ]τροις , according to the editor’s restoration. In P Petr II. 4738 the words ἐν Ἀλαβάστρων πόλει , ";in Alabastropolis,"; occur in the subscription to a contract for a loan. From v/B.C. may be quoted Syll 448, ἀλά [β ]αστ [οι ], according to the Attic form : cf. Michel 82311 (B.C. 220), ib. 8339 (B.C. 279), σὺν τοῖς ἀλαβάστροις , in an inventory of temple treasures. From a much later period we have mention of a quarry near Alexandria, or at any rate belonging to Alexandria—P Théad 363 (A.D. 327) ἐπιμελητὴς τεχνιτῶν ἀποστελλομἐνων ἐν ἀλαβαστρίῳ Ἀλεξανδρίας , ib. 353 (A.D. 325) ἐπιμελητὴς ἐργατῶν τῶν [κατ ]ὰ τὴν ἀλαβαστρίνην μεγάλ (ην ), ib. 34.2 and editor’s note (p. 182). Earlier than this is P Ryl II. 92 (ii/iii A.D.) a list of persons designated for employment εἰς ἀλαβάστρινα , and other works The alabaster quarry may also be recognized in P Petr II. 9 (2).5 (B.C. 241–39) μετα [πορεύ ]εσθαι εἰς ἀλαβα [στί ]θιδα : see the editor’s note, p. , as to the locality. Finally, there is an inventory in P Lond 402 verso (ii/B.C.) ( = II. p. 12) which includes among a good many utensils and articles known and unknown ἀλαβαστρουθῆκαι : we may infer that the writer first meant to coin a compound, and then changed his mind and wrote the genitive. (See also under ἀσκός .)
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