Illustrated Bible History

Ancient Bible Customs - Jars

Alabaster Jars Alabaster Jars
(Heb. pak, (2 Ki 9:1,3); Gk. alabastron, Mark 14:3). An alabaster jar or flask was a container usually narrowed toward the outlet and used for holding liquids such as oil, ointment, or perfume. . The KJV uses box of oil or box of ointment, whereas the NASB rendering is flask of oil or vial of . . . ointment, and the NIV, alabaster jar.
Alabaster Jar from Ancient Cyprus Alabaster Jar from Ancient Cyprus
Ancient Alabaster Flask or Jar for storing oil or perfume. From the time of King David, around 1000 BC. Samuel anointed David with a similar jar.