The “Sinful Woman” (Luke 7)

The “Sinful Woman” (Luke 7) September 15, 2003

I’m wondering about the sexual imagery in the incident with the “sinful woman” in Luke 7:36-50. Her attention is devoted completely to Jesus’ “feet,” which is often euphemistic for sexual organs. When the text says that she kissed Jesus’ feet, it means she kissed his feet, but the sexual imagery is still present. She also unbinds her hair, which no respectable woman would do in front of any man but her husband. Even her touching Jesus is an offense to the Pharisee host who is watching (v. 39). No conclusions. Just wondering.

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