Box [N]

for holding oil or perfumery ( Mark 14:3 ). It was of the form of a flask or bottle. The Hebrew word (pak) used for it is more appropriately rendered "vial" in 1 Samuel 10:1 , and should also be so rendered in 2 Kings 9:1 , where alone else it occurs.

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Box". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .


The passages in which this word occurs are 2 Kings 9:1,3 (Hebrew pakh, "cruet," "flask," the Revised Version (British and American) vial) and the synoptic passages Matthew 26:7 the King James Version; Mark 14:3 the King James Version; Luke 7:37 the King James Version (Greek alabastron). "Perfume-boxes" are mentioned in Isaiah 3:20; in the New Testament passages the Revised Version (British and American) renders "alabaster cruse." "Alabaster" was a white stone much used in ornamentation; and out of it small vessels we re made for holding precious ointment. "She brake the cruse" (Mark 14:3), i.e. the seal, not the vessel.

In Isaiah 41:19 and Isaiah 60:13, "box" is found in connection with "tree," as "box-tree" (which see).

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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'BOX'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.