BREASTPIECE [Heb ḥōšen (חֹשֶׁן)]. An item made of fabric that constituted part of the high priest’s apparel. A different term, “breastplate” [Heb širyôn], refers to a type of metal armor worn by soldiers.The breastpiece of Aaron’s priestly wardrobe is described in great detail in the tabernacle texts
Breastpiece, Breastplate. 1. Part of the ceremonial garment of the high priest (Ex 25:7).SeePriests and Levites.2. Piece of armor worn to protect the chest. The word is used figuratively in several passages. Isaiah 59:17 says that God put on righteousness as a breastplate as he prepared to take vengeance
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Breastpiece of the High Priest [Heb. ḥôšen]; AV BREASTPLACE. Apparently a pouch or bag referred to in the Torah (Ex. 25:7; 28; 29:5; 35:9, 27; 39; Lev. 8:8). Of obscure nature, it seems to have been a multicolored embroidered fabric square (Ex. 28:15f), and was attached to the ephod by four golden
BREASTPIECE*, BREASTPLATE*1. Part of the ceremonial garment of the high priest (Ex 25:7). SeePriests and Levites.2. Piece of armor worn to protect the chest. The word is used figuratively in several passages. Isaiah 59:17 says that God put on righteousness as a breastplate or body armor as he prepared
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
breastpiece.1 An item of Aaron’s ceremonial vestments (Exod. 28:15, 22–30; 39:8–21; Lev. 8:8). A kind of pouch, it was a square (about 9 by 9 inches) made by folding in half a rectangular piece of material. It was attached to the ephod by two chains, two frames, and three pairs of rings, all of gold.
PRIEST, HIGH. In Israel, as in many other states with historical priestly religions, a hierarchical system of graduated powers and responsibilities existed with a chief or high priest at the head of the organization. For over a millennium before Moses, each of the larger temples and religious centers
BREASTPIECE OF THE HIGH PRIEST. Heb. ḥōšen, interpretatively translated ‘breastplate’, ‘breastpiece’ (Ex. 28:4, 15–30; 39:8–21; cf.lxx, peristēthion, Ex. 28:4), is, however, etymologically obscure. The former relation to Arab. cognates with the sense ‘beauty’ is not now usually given credence and
BreastpieceA × cm. (× in.) square bag made of multicolored fabrics. To it were attached 12 stones, each engraved with the name of one of the 12 tribes. The breastpiece (Heb. ḥōšen) was connected to the high priest’s ephod (tunic) by golden rings attached to its corners. Cords of gold and blue were
High PriestThe primary official of the Israelite cultus. According to the Torah, the office of high priest goes back to the Sinaitic revelation. From Aaron, an uninterrupted hereditary chain of high priests links the portable tabernacle of the wilderness to the Second Temple in Jerusalem (Num. 25:10–13).
Breastpiece (Heb. ḥôšen). An article of clothing worn by the high priest (Exod. 28:15ff.; KJV “breastplate”; JB “pectoral”), most likely a pouch (cf. v. 3, “in” it; v. 16 “double,” i.e., folded double), about 23 cm. (9 in.) long and wide (thus a square, v. 16). It was made of the
High Priest (Heb. hākkōhēn hāggādōl “the great priest,” hākkōhēn hāmmāšiaḥ “the anointed priest”).† The Old Testament mediator between Yahweh and the people of Israel who, in addition to performing sacrifices and rituals like other priests, acted to expiate the sins of the nation on
BREASTPIECE The outermost vestment of the high priest; it is described in detail in Exod 28:5–30 and 39:8–21 (cf. Lev 8:8). The breastpiece was made of linen with gold, blue, purple, and scarlet woolen threads embroidered into it; the fabric formed a 10-inch (25–centimeter) square that covered the chest