Cloth for wrapping a baby
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Swaddling Clothes
SWADDLING CLOTHES* kjv translation of the kind of clothes that were wrapped around the baby Jesus. The nlt translation describes this in modern terms: “She [Mary] wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth” (Lk 2:7).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Swaddling Cloths
Swaddling ClothsBands of cloth used to wrap an infant (Ezek. 16:4; Wis. 7:4; cf. Job 38:9) or to set a broken limb (Ezek. 30:21). After a cloth was folded around the infant, strips of cloth were wound around the child from the navel to the feet. The custom assumed that the restricted movement of the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Swaddling Cloths
Swaddling Cloths. Strips of cloth (so NIV) in which infants accepted as legitimate (and therefore to be cared for) were wrapped tightly (Gk. sparganóō “wrap [an infant] in swaddling cloths”). This was thought to enable the limbs of the child to grow straight (Luke 2:7, 12; cf. Ezek. 16:4). At
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Swaddling Band
SWADDLING BAND. A cloth in which newborn babes were wrapped (cf. Ezek. 16:4; Luke 2:7, 12, KJV), used figuratively in Job 38:9 (KJV, NASB) of a thick darkness or mist. The infant was placed diagonally on a square piece of cloth. Two corners were turned across its body, one across the feet, the other
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Swaddling Band
SWADDLING BAND — a long, narrow strip of cloth used to wrap a newborn baby. To swaddle a child was to wrap an infant in strips of cloth, much like narrow bandages. This was believed to ensure the correct early development of the limbs. Thus, swaddling was a mark of parental love and care, while the need
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SWADDLE; SWADDLING-BAND<swod’-’-l>, <swod’-ling-band> (verb [חבַל‎, chathal], “enwrap,” “swaddle” (Ezek 16:4), noun [חֲֶתֻלָּהchathullah], “swaddling-band” (Job 38:9); verb [σπαργανόω, sparganoo], “to wrap in swaddling clothes” (Lk 2:7, 12), noun [σπάργανα, spargana] (pl.), “swaddling
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Swaddling Clothes
SWADDLING CLOTHES.—The custom of wrapping the newborn infant in bands of cloth (σπαργανόω) has long prevailed, and still exists in the East. This treatment was supposed to make for the strengthening and proper growth of the back and limbs, as well as being convenient for carrying the child. The infant
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Swaddling Clothes
SWADDLING CLOTHES A long piece of linen used in ancient times to wrap babies and broken limbs. The cloth or band of cloth was wrapped tightly around the body to prohibit movement. Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes just after His birth (Luke 2:7, 12).An Arab mother watches her baby who is wrapped
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Swaddle, Swaddling-Band
SWADDLE, swodʹ’l, SWADDLING-BAND, swodʹling-band (vb. חָתַל‎, ḥāthal, “enwrap,” “swaddle” [Ezk 16:4], noun חֲתֻלָּה‎, ḥăthullāh, “swaddling-band” [Job 38:9]; vb. σπαργανόω, sparganóō, “to wrap in swaddling clothes” [Lk 2:7, 12], noun σπάργανα, spárgana (pl.), “swaddling clothes” [Wisd 7:4]. AV