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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.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Nard'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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