The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Clothing, Generic
Clothing Overview of the apparel, headdresses, footwear, and special garments worn by men and women in biblical times.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Dress and Ornamentation
DRESS AND ORNAMENTATION. Dress provides important social and cultural information concerning status, power, group identity, manufacture, and trade. The significant role played by clothing in ancient society is apparent in the biblical writers who use dress metaphorically to make ethical exhortations
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Fashion and Dress
Fashion and Dress. Clothing, especially as related to Bible times. Clothing mentioned in the Bible is usually referred to in such general terms as “inner garment,” “outer garment,” or “tunic.” Few descriptions give specific details of costumes or clothing, and it is therefore necessary to rely on paintings,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Garments Ever since the fall humans have made and worn clothing (Gen. 3:7, 21) for modesty, protection, and status. Although this study of the biblical words for clothing covers a period of more than a thousand years, it is made easier because fashions in the ancient world did not change constantly,
Hosen h̄ʹozen [Aram paṭṭîš] (Dnl. 3:21, AV); RSV TUNIC; NEB SHIRTS. An archaic term for “hose,” “leggings.” The precise meaning of the Aramaic word is unknown. See Garments III.
Sheet [Gk. othónē] (Acts 10:11; 11:5); NEB “sheet of sail-cloth.” A large sheet-like object, which perhaps resembled a ship’s sail (cf. M. Polyc 15:2), seen by Peter in a vision.
Tunic [Heb. kuttōneṯ] (Job 30:18); AV COAT; NEB SHIRT; [Aram K paṭṭîš] (Dnl. 3:21); AV HOSEN; NEB SHIRT; [Gk. chitó̄n (Mt. 10:10; Mk. 6:9; Lk. 9:3; Jn. 19:23; Acts 9:39); AV COAT; NEB also COAT, SHIRT. The basic garment, having a collar (Job 30:18) and sometimes seamless (Jn. 19:23). More than
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CLOTHING Clothing mentioned in the Bible is usually referred to in such general terms as “inner garment,” “outer garment,” or “tunic.” Few descriptions give specific details of costumes or clothing, and it is therefore necessary to rely on paintings, pottery, decorations, statues, and bas-reliefs to
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
dress. The biblical terms for dress, garments, clothes, robes, and various items of garb are general and often interchangeable. Fortunately, artistic representations from the Near East are helpful in providing more detailed information.The earliest forms of clothing were generally made from animal skins.
tunic, a loose-fitting, knee-length garment worn next to the skin by both men and women (Matt. 10:10; Mark 6:9). Another tunic or garment was worn over the first. See also dress.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hittite clothing of the post-empire period (after 1200 b.c.) as seen on a bas relief from Marash. LMDRESS. The types, of styles, and customs of the dress of Bible times have been preserved to a large extent by indications in the biblical record and by the archaeological findings of sculptures and
HOSEN. Used only in Dan 3:21, where the context shows it to be wearing apparel. RSV translates the term “tunic.” “Hosen” in a 17th cen. English term for a garment such as leggings or trousers covering the hips and legs. The Aramic word ptash means “undergarment, breeches” (Marcus Jastrow, A Dictionary
SHEET. In the OT the word “sheet” (Jdg 14:12–13) refers to the sādı̂n, a plain piece of cloth of fine linen used as an upper garment (Prov 31:24). The Gr. word used in these passages in the LXX (sindōn) appears in the NT referring to the shroud in which Jesus was wrapped (Mt 27:59) and the garment
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
DRESS. The OT does not give us a detailed description of the various kinds of dress which were worn in Palestine. However, the Egyp., Bab. and Hittite monuments enable us to get a good idea of the general dress. In the tomb of Khnumhotep at Beni-hasan (Egypt) we find a procession of Asiatics who arrive
SHEET. 1. Heb. sāḏîn, rsv ‘linen garments’ (Jdg. 14:12–13). See reference to ‘shirt’ in *Dress. 2. Gk. othonē, ‘a piece of linen’, ‘a linen sheet’, used in describing Peter’s vision at Joppa (Acts 10:11; 11:5).J. D. Douglas.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ClothingDespite the several hundred biblical references to clothing, translators face difficulties rendering accurately many of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words for specific garments. As texts took shape over some 1000 years words took on new meanings, cloth-making technology improved, and fashions
TunicAn undergarment made from two pieces of linen or wool, sewn on the sides and shoulders, with holes for the head and the arms (Heb. kuttōneṯ; Gk. chitṓn). It was often monochrome but at times decorated. With or without sleeves and with a hem extending to the knees or the ankles, it was worn occasionally
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Clothing. †Despite the extensive Hebrew and Greek vocabulary for various articles of clothing, dress among the peoples of Palestine and the ancient Near East was basically very simple, and fashions remained somewhat constant over the long period of time concerned.During the early centuries of Israel’s
Tunic (Heb. kuttōneṯ; Aram. paṭṭîs̆; Gk. chitṓn). An undergarment, the basic unit of clothing for both men and women. The tunic (also called “garment,” “coat,” or “robe” in translations) was a long- or halfsleeved shirtlike garment that reached to the ankles (Gen. 37:3), usually worn under
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Clothing And Footwear
CLOTHING AND FOOTWEARthe biblical period The Authorized Version uses several terms for clothing: apparel (1 Kgs. 10:5; 2 Chr 9:4; Zeph. 1:8); vestments (2 Kgs. 10:22), garments (Isa. 63:3); raiment (Ezek. 16:13; Job. 27:16), etc. As no clothing has survived from the pre-biblical period we must turn
Catholic Bible Dictionary
CLOTHING In Genesis, clothing—worn to conceal nakedness—is a consequence of sin. Before the Fall, man and woman lived in a proper relationship with God and each other, and nakedness was not shameful (Gen 2:25). After the Fall, nakedness was shameful (Gen 3:7), and God himself made clothes for Adam and
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