apparel in the Bible
also known as: clothes, clothing
Also see: Dress and Clothing in Biblical times
In Old Testament times, the distinction between male and female attire was often not very great. The Hebrew statute forbidding men to wear female apparel (Deuteronomy 22:5) referred especially to ornaments and head-dresses. Both men and women wore:
UNDER GARMENT or tunic, which was bound by a girdle
OVER GARMENT—Both men and women wore an over-garment (“mantle,” Isaiah 3:22; 1 Kings 19:13; 2 Kings 2:13), a loose and flowing robe. The folds of this upper garment could be formed into a lap (Ruth 3:15; Psalm 79:12; Proverbs 17:23; Luke 6:38).
Only priests wore trousers.
Both men and women wore turbans.
BED—The only material for bedclothes (coverings for a bed) is mentioned in 1 Samuel 19:13—“a pillow of goats’ hair for his bolster”. Sleeping in the open air was not uncommon, the sleeper wrapping himself in his outer garment (Exodus 22:26-27; Deuteronomy 24:12-13).
- NUDITY—Why are humans supposed to wear clothes?
- changes of raiment
- coat of mail
- covering of the eyes
- high priest
- linen yarn
- tinkling ornaments