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Tassels hanging from each of the four corners of typical Israelite garments. Functioned as reminders of the commandments of Yahweh, and were especially significant on priestly vestments (Deut 22:12; Num 15:37–41; Matt 9:20; 14:36; 23:5).
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fringes, or tassels, a common decoration on ancient Near Eastern garments. Deut. 22:12 states simply: “You shall make tassels on the four corners of the cloak with which you cover yourself.” This is elaborated in Num. 15:38–40, which says that the tassels—now called fringes—shall be of blue cord and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FRINGE. One of three symbols (the others were phylacteries and cylinders containing a parchment scroll attached to the door posts) that continually confronted the Jew, reminding him of the Lord’s commandments. Four blue (white was permitted later) fringes of woven cords with tassels were to be attached
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
FRINGES. A border of tassels along the edges of a garment (Dt. 22:12). This was bound by a blue cord, and served to remind the wearer of God’s commands and of the need to obey them (Nu. 15:38–39). Various monuments show Hebrews and others wearing fringed garments. In NT times those who delighted in an
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
FRINGES Also tassels. The Jewish people were commanded by God to fasten tassels with violet cords to each of the four corners of their cloaks to serve as a reminder to keep the commandments of the Lord (Num 15:37–41; Deut 22:12). Such a cloak was worn by Jesus (Matt 9:20; cf. Matt 14:36; Mark 6:56; Luke
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Fringesfringes (tassels, borders, hems), a common decoration on Near Eastern garments. The oldest rule about fringes in the ot says simply, ‘You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of your cloak with which you cover yourself’ (Deut. 22:12). The more elaborate command in Num. 15:38–40 says
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia