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Fragrance biblical perspective_summary


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This presentation is for a workshop in imparting Biblical Perspective of Fragrances or Perfume base on my theological study. I can be contacted at for any workshop. Or if there is any question. The slide provide a gist and picture on the Biblical Perspective.. In depth materials consist of actual essential oil that make up "God's Fragrances"..

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Fragrance biblical perspective_summary

  1. 1. FRAGRANCE BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE & REVIEW Presented By : Stephen Tan Perfume and Incense Bring Joy to the Heart – Proverb 27 : 9 As Part of Theological Study and Workshop to be conducted for interest group
  2. 2. Agenda of Presentation • History and Modern Day View of Fragrances • Video (1hr from BBC) • Video Clip (Advertisement & Modern Philosophy) • Science of Smell and Scent • Biblical History & Perspective • Component of Fragrances – Bible Scripture • Olfactory Session – 12 Essential Oils • Bible Events / Scripture relating to Scripture • Reflection • Summary
  3. 3. Fragrance parfum 香り நறுமணம் 향기 kokunước hoa กลิ่นหอม 香味 aroom ກິ່ ນຫອມ wangian miris cumhráin Duft వాసన
  4. 4. Learning Objectives. To Understand • Contemporary View • History • Science • Biblical references to Aromatic Oils • Biblical Scripture • Biblical Event • “Smelling the Truth”? • Due Reflection
  5. 5. • The word “perfume” occurs only 3 times in the KJV of the Bible, all in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word translated “perfume” (including the famous Proverbs 27:9) occurs about 58 times in the Old Testament. In almost all the other places, it is translated as “incense” or “sweet incense,” meaning fragrant incense. The Hebrew word translated “perfumes” (plural) in Isaiah 57:9 occurs only that once in the OT. • The word “ointment” occurs 15 times and the word “ointments” occurs 3 times in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word translated as such is usually translated as “anointing oil.” In the New Testament, “ointment” and “ointments” together occur 14 times. They are translated from the Greek word “muron,” meaning fragrant anointing oil. It is closely related to the Greek word “smurna” (or “smyrna”), which is the word for myrrh. PERFUME & THE BIBLE
  6. 6. 2 FORMULATION OF GOD’s PERFUME • Moses speaks of the art of the perfumer in Egypt and were gives the composition of 2 perfumes by GOD • The first perfume was rather an ANOINTING OIL, to anoint priests and sacred vessels of the tabernacle: (Exodus 30:23-29). • The other perfume, called INCENSE the work of a perfumer for worship by the priest : (Exodus 30:34-38). • BOTH were SACRED and HOLY to GOD
  7. 7. • MYRRH • CINNAMON • CALAMUS • CASSIA • OLIVE Component of “God’s Anointing Oil” :
  9. 9. Olfactory Exercises • Sample type of the essential Oils will be distributed to participants OLFACTORY EXERCISE WORKSHEET Essential Oil / Fragrance Samples Ranking of Perferences Olfactory Description Aloes (Sandalwood) Cassia Cedarwood Cypress Frankincense Galbanum Hyssop Myrrh Myrtle Onycha Rose of Sharon (Cistus) Spikenard
  10. 10. PERFUME – WORD ORIGIN Perfume, the English word perfume is derived from two Latin words, per, meaning through, and fumus, meaning smoke (the English words fuming and fumes, meaning burning and smoking, are from the same "fume" as in perfume). While perfume literally means through the smoke, it has come to mean "a pleasant cosmetic fragrance." Although ancient people used "perfume" in various forms, the Hebrew word of the Scriptures, pronounced ktoret ( ‫קטורת‬), that is often translated as "perfume," also means smoke, or more specifically, sweet smoke (i.e. incense). Other non-burning "perfumes," from flowers and spices, were known and used. The use of perfumes was common among the Hebrews, and the Orientals generally, before it was known to the Greeks and the Romans.
  12. 12. Scriptural Mention of the Word SMELL Biblical Scripture Scriptural Text 1. Genesis 8:21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. 2. Genesis 27:27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, “Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed. 3. Exodus 7:21 The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt. 4. Exodus 16:20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. 5. Deuteronomy 4:28 There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. 6. Psalm 115:6 They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. 7. Ecclesiastes 10:1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. 8. Daniel 3:27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. 9. Joel 2:20 “I will drive the northern horde far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land; its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea. And its stench will go up; its smell will rise.” Surely he has done great things! 10. 1 Corinthians 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? Text with SMELL mentioned in the Bible
  14. 14. Christ and Church • John 12 : 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
  15. 15. End Times • Revelation 8:4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.
  16. 16. REFLECTION
  17. 17. Summary • Fragrance impact cannot be visibly seen but sense by our the human nose. • It has been there since the Beginning of Time. • Biblical Scripture contains many mentions and it Holy and Sacred to GOD in terms of Anointing Oil and Incense • Christ which is the perfect offering and sacrifice which is most pleasing to GOD. Man’s redemption and external salvation in in Christ alone and the work of the Church is to “spread forth the FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST.. Till he come again
  18. 18. Resources / References • Bible NIV Version • Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem • The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood • Healing Oils of the Bible, David Steward • 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture, by Young Living – Include kit set of Aromatic Oil • Perfume – The ultimate guide to world finest fragrance – Nigel Groom, Sep 1999 • Internet – Wikipedia • Internet – You Tube Videos • All icon and picture are copy righted by the respective owner / author who own the picture on the internet website. This presentation and author does not hold any right to it ; and acknowledges the work and would thank all of them who is too numerous for this presentation.
  19. 19. The End : Question ? • The Slide contain a brief gist and synopsis of the workshop to be conducted on Fragrance / Perfume in the Biblical Perspective base on Theological Study and also insight and knowledge of Perfume and Fragrances. • The original workshop (1/2 Day or 1 Day ) material contain more in depth Theological perspective. In sight into the various ingredient, oil and Fragrance and scriptural context and view. • To contact the author for more enquiries on Workshop and also providing inputs for discussion. You can write to :