The below is pretty much a selective narrative of Mathew 26: 6-13 and Luke 7: 36-50 and its worth the read.
Its assumed this woman is a prostitute and she had clout since she was in the house of the Pharisee before yeshua arrived. QUOTE:“In Jesus’ day, Pharisees were highly regarded by the general public as holy and righteous people…the Pharisees commanded the respect of common people,…*” Once before yeshua it details out what she did and what a woman. Yeshua sums up her unscripted actions as a result of faith.(in other words she demonstrated faith in her own prefered way) Her faith stems from the prophetic words of the Hebrew scriptures which spoke in advance about the Christ.
In the Mathew account something more is made known of this woman that she not only had head knowledge of the writings but understood the prophecy that yeshua was “laid for the fall” which even his mother and immediate disciples were without understanding of. A side form yeshua, a quick search records only 2 persons understood this.
“when this woman put this perfumed oil upon my body she did it for the preparation of me for burial” Mathew 26
When speaking to Simon who had a low estimatation of this woman yeshua used an illustration of 2 debtors who had not met their legal obligations yet were forgiven their debts, one more than the other which in his answer Simon shows he listened to what he said,“I suppose it is the one to whom he freely forgave the more”
To observers her ways may have been repellant but to King Yeshva they carried meaning for example when speaking to Pharisee Simon Yeshua noted her ways exceeded his “you gave me no kiss; but this woman, from the hour that I came in, did not leave of tenderely kissing my feet”** Luke 7:45
The significance of a kiss was a sign of affection and love and King Yeshua highlights this “those who are forgiven much love much” which poses a question: was she seeking forgiveness/salvation or had she already been forgiven and her unscripted actions were an outward manifestation of such.
note: kissing of the feet may also carry with it fidelity and submission to her King
10.29.12 4:47 PM PST