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Entry for Strong's #211 - ἀλάβαστρον

Word Origin
from alabastros (of uncertain derivation), the name of a stone
Parts of Speech
Noun Neuter
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. a box made of alabaster in which unguents are preserved
The ancients considered alabaster to be the best material inwhich to preserve their ointments. Breaking the box, probablymeans breaking the seal of the box.
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (4) NAS (4) HCS (4)
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Mark 1
Luke 1
Matthew 1
Mark 1
Luke 1
Matthew 1
Mark 2
Luke 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀλᾰβ-αστρών, ῶνος, ὁ,

alabaster quarry, Sammelb. 4639 (iii A. D.).

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀλάβαστρον, , τό (in the plural in Theocritus, 15, 114; Anth, Pal. 9, 153; in other secular writings and ἀλάβαστρος; (the older and more correct spelling drops the p, cf. Stephanus' Thesaurus, under the word, 1385 d.; Liddell and Scott, under the word ἀλάβαστρος)), a box made of alabaster, in which unguents are preserved (Pliny, h. n, 13, 2 (3) (others, 13, 19) "unguenta optime servantur in alabastris); with the addition of μύρου (as in Lucian, dial. mer. 14, 2; (Herodotus 3, 20)): Luke 7:37; Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3 (where L T adopt τόν ἀλάβαστρον, Tr WH (Meyer) τήν ἀλ.; Matthew and Luke do not add the article, so that it is not clear in what gender they use the word (cf. Tdf.s critical note at the passage)). Cf. Winers RWB (or B. D.) under the word .

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἀλάβαστρον , -ου , τό

(also -ος , , ; 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.).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

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. [23], 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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αλαβαστρον αλάβαστρον ἀλάβαστρον alabastron alábastron
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