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The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
TOWEL. The linen cloth (Gr. lention, a loan-word from the Latin linteum) with which Jesus girded Himself, when He had removed His outer garments, and wiped the feet of the disciples after He had washed them at the last supper (Jn 13:4–5).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
TOWEL (Gk. lention). A linen cloth or apron, which servants put on when about to work (John 13:4–5). Girding one’s self with a towel was the common mark of a slave, by whom the service of foot washing was ordinarily performed.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
TOWEL.—‘Towel’ in the two passages in which it occurs in the Gospels (Jn 13:4 f.) represents λέντιον, which is clearly the Latin linteum, a word meaning, in the first instance, ‘linen cloth,’ and then ‘napkin’ or ‘apron’ worn by slaves or servants, and especially ‘bath-towel.’ Under the Empire this
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
towel. This word is used by English versions only in Jn. 13:4–5, where it renders Greek lention G3317, referring to the linen cloth used by Jesus to dry the feet of the apostles in the upper room.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
TOWEL [λέντιον lention]. A linen cloth used, and perhaps worn, by servants in antiquity. During his last meal with his disciples, Jesus arises, undresses, wraps a towel around his waist, and washes his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel (John 13:4–5). See FOOT WASHING.
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