Traders who compounded and dispensed a variety of aromatic substances. Perfumers played an important role in ancient Israel, where the aromatic oils and incense they compounded were required for religious as well as cosmetic and medicinal use, including embalming (2Chr 16:14). The holy anointing oil and the incense used in the tabernacle were the work of such perfumers (Exod 30:25; Exod 30:35; Exod 37:29), who constituted a recognized guild in postexilic times (Neh. 3:8; TEV: “a maker of perfumes”), drawn from priestly families (1Chr 9:30). Perfumers are also mentioned in the royal household, as a class of female servants alongside cooks and bakers (1Sam 8:13).
14They buried him in the tomb that he had hewn out for himself in the city of David. They laid him on a bier that had been filled with various kinds of spices p ... View more
25and you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.
35and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy;
Making the Anointing Oil and the Incense
29He made the holy anointing oil also, and the pure fragrant incense, blended as by the perfumer.
30Others, of the sons of the priests, prepared the mixing of the spices,
13He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.