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Headword: Μύρον ἐπὶ κεφαλῆς
Adler number: mu,1450
Translated headword: sweet oil on the head
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The high-priestly oil was compounded of aromatics; but that [oil] did not emit any such good aroma of itself. The mixture and compound of all made the greatest possible good aroma. To this he has compared the harmony of brothers; for the joint contribution of more righteous deeds creates the good order[1] of perfect virtue.
Greek Original:
Μύρον ἐπὶ κεφαλῆς: τὸ ἀρχιερατικὸν ἔλαιον ἐξ ἡδυσμάτων συνέκειτο. ἀλλ' οὐδὲν ἐκεῖνο αὐτὸ καθ' ἑαυτὸ τοσαύτην εὐοσμίαν ἠφίει: ἡ δὲ πάντων μίξις καὶ κρᾶσις πλείστην ὅσην τὴν εὐωδίαν εἰργάζετο. τούτῳ τὴν ἀδελφικὴν εἰκότως συμφωνίαν ἀπείκασεν: ἡ γὰρ τῶν πλειόνων κατορθωμάτων συνεισφορὰ τῆς τελείας ἀρετῆς τὴν εὐκοσμίαν ἐργάζεται.
Notes:
Theodoret (PG 80.1912ab) on Psalm 132.2 LXX.
On muron see already mu 1449, and again mu 1452.
[1] Theodoret uses the word εὐκοσμία "good order," echoing the earlier εὐοσμία "good aroma."
Keywords: Christianity; ethics; imagery; religion; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 29 September 2009@01:25:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-refs; more keywords; cosmetics) on 29 September 2009@03:16:19.
Catharine Roth (added note) on 29 September 2009@15:11:17.
David Whitehead on 29 May 2013@07:35:44.
David Whitehead (coding) on 18 May 2016@11:31:04.

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