Anointing with oil was a custom among the Hebrews and other oriental nations. 
<p>Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, That ran down upon the beard, Even Aaron's beard; That came down upon the skirt of his garments. Psalm 133:1-2 ASV

Anointing

Anointing with oil was a custom among the Hebrews and other oriental nations. Behold, how good and how…

"And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster cruse of ointment of pure nard very costly; and she brake the cruse, and poured it over his head." Mark 14:3 ASV
<p>A woman pours a bottle of expensive ointment over Jesus' head as he sits at a table. A man (perhaps Simon the leper) stands in the background.

Anointing of Jesus by a Woman at Bethany

"And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman…

"Under the popular impulse, and against the theocratic principle, Saul, the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, was chosen for the royal honor, and was anointed by the prophet Samuel. With this event the second period of Israelitish history begins."&mdash;Ridpath, 1885

Saul Anointed by Samuel

"Under the popular impulse, and against the theocratic principle, Saul, the son of Kish, of the tribe…