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The Perfume of the Gospel

· An essay ·

The woman with a haemorrhage, the Syrophoenician woman, the women who were sinners, his female disciples, Mary of Bethany and Sophia (Wisdom): these are the six meetings between Jesus and women which Nuria Calduch-Benages, lecturer in Old Testament, recounts in Il profumo del vangelo (Paoline,2007) [english translation: The Perfume of the Gospel. Jesus’ Encounters with Women , Gregorian & Biblical Press, 2012], taking as her starting point the Synoptic and John’s Gospels. A feature that constantly returns is the presence of  perfume, a presence charged with connotations and rich in symbolic content. A fragrance that can open itself to various interpretations based on the different contexts. But what it instantly evokes is generosity, gratitude, nobility of spirit, welcome, availability, hospitality, beauty, elegance, intelligence and love. And if it is a perfume that announces the death of Jesus, it is always a perfume - writes the author, born in Barcelona - that discloses his resurrection.

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