by Professor Jones
The discovery of a vial of oil may have more to do
with our future than our past.
Afarshimon, the Holy Anointing Oil, from the Holy Temple, was found in
April, 1988 by the VJRI excavation team. After intensive testing by the
Pharmaceutical Department of Hebrew University, financed by the VJRI, the
substance inside the small juglet was verified to indeed be the Shemen
Afarshimon of Psalm 133.
The oil was used as the
fragrance on the oblation for a sweet smelling savor on the sacrifices. It was
also used as the Holy Anointing Oil for the priests, prophets and kings.
The Annointing Oil
The finding of the oil was
important for two reasons. It is the first item to be found from the First
Temple period and is one of the items listed among the treasures in the
15, 1989, the news of the find was broken to the public by the New York Times
newspaper. During the ensuing few weeks, most major news media institutions,
ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, carried the story on national and international
television. In October, 1989, National Geographic Magazine featured the find,
followed by Omni Magazine in December of the same year. Countless other news
sources carried the story for their publications.