Hebrew: מִשְׁחָה —transliteration: mishchah —meaning: consecrated portion
also known as: anoint
5 types of biblical annointing
Use in consecration to God
Use in hospitality
Anointing was also an act of hospitality (Luke 7:38, 46). It was the custom of the Jews to anoint themselves or others with oil, as a means of refreshing or invigorating their bodies (Deuteronomy 28:40; Ruth 3:3; 2 Samuel 14:2; Psalm 104:15, etc.).
Some Arabs still continue this custom today.
“Olive oil is useful for soothing and softening, and provides a protective barrier. It is used in massage, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. It is a skin moisturizer and soothes skin irritations, which were common in hard-working hot dry climates in a time that lacked the modern conveniences and protections of our day. It was used in bathing newborn babies, and soothing their mothers. It is also used in the preparation of soaps, ointments, and liniments. Ancients that had no soaps would massage olive oil into their skin and scrape it off—taking along with it the grime and dead skin cells.
Anointing with oil was said to prevent dehydration in hot dry climates caused by excessive perspiration.
The anointed Messiah