Luke 2:21 details Jesus' circumcision on his eighth day. According to the Infancy Gospels—which some have claimed are "lost" or removed chapters of the Bible, while others have said they're apocryphal—Jesus was circumcised in a cave. Afterward, Mary's midwife, an old Jewish woman, took the foreskin and put it in an alabaster jar filled with aromatic nard, a fragrant ointment known for its preservative qualities. The old woman handed the jar to her son, who was in the perfume business, and said, "Guard well this jar of aromatic nard and do not sell it, even when they offer you 300 denarii." Well, he must have been hard up for cash, because somehow, according to this legend (which was retold by French historian Patrice Boussel in his 1971 book Des Reliques et de Leur Bon Usage), Mary Magdalene ended up with the jar and then apparently passed it on to St. John the Baptist. The rest is history.