John 12:3 why would Mary wipe Jesus’ feet with her hair?

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John 12:3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

I understand the significance of Mary letting her hair down – Jewish women seldom ever did this. What I don’t get is why she used her hair to wipe his feet. Hair is not absorbent nor is it useful for wiping anything.
Why wouldn’t she use her dress or scarf?
QUESTION: Why hair and not the cloth of her dress, even her forearm would have been more useful for this task if a towel was not available.


  • Louise Cummings
    Reply July 14, 2018

    Louise Cummings

    Very expensive perfume. Harmonious with the purpose of this Gospel and setting forth the Deity of the LORD Jesus, only the Anointing of His feet and drying His feet with her hair. Is recorded: and the House was filled with The odor of ointment, it was a Testimony to His Coming Resurrection, and she knew she would have no other opportunity; incidentally, One writer writes Mary was not found at an The Rory Tomb. It said she was too spiritually intelligent to be there.

  • Reply July 14, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    box of alabaster? Tom Steele Joe Absher

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