The Hebrews of before and after Jesus’s day wore many layers of garments, as is portrayed in most Bible and ancient movies of the Middle East and other parts of the world. But do we know the names of these various pieces of clothing? Now you will. To battle the excessive sand and sun, the Hebrews would use turbans, sashed and sometimes veils. In fact, the most common type of garment they wore meant a robe “to cover”-the kethoneth. This referred to a coat and a robe and visions of Israelites from the movies and picture books immediately come to mind. The men of religious status would wear garments to reflect the beauty and pride of their positions. Their clothes decorated with spiritial significance were sometimes called an addereth and the prophets and priests it is believed wore them. The warriors of that time who had done great feats in battle and was a solider to reckon with wore belts of honor called chagowr. It was an article of clothing that had to be earned-like our modern day medals or purple hearts.
An abnet was worn by priests and also by the king’s of the Hebrews and it was a sash which was above the robe.
A man would also wear a turban which were linen cloths wrapped around the head and probably looked like a Lawrence of Arabia. The Hebrews called them pe’ers and their priests also wore them. So there you have the men who’s typical clothing was a robe and tunic above that and an Arabian like headdress and sandals.
Now the woman’s clothing was similar to the mens although they were forbidden to wear the clothing of a man. Both the men and women of course wore tunics but the men would wear their tunic to their knees, while woman’s covered their ankles so you could tell the difference. These were sometimes made of leather sometimes made of wool. These tunics would be held together by a girdle which held it at the waist.
Men would use their girdles as a cloth to hold their weapons such as swords. Sometimes the girdles were silk or leather. The women used them for holding other items usually.
Women also wore mantels like the men but these were more often in the form of veils and shawls. So what would you wear as a bride in the Hebrew nations? The women already wore jewlery such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings. When they got married it was probably much more elaborate. anklets, crescents, pendants, bracelets, mufflers, headtires, ankle chains, sashes, perfume balm, amulets, rings, nose jewels, festival robes, mantles, shawls, satchels, hand-mirrors, fine linen, turbans and veils.
They also were adorned with anklets for the feet, ankle chains, nose rings, pendants and nose jewels. No the women of Israel did not always dress in simple rags but enjoyed gold jewelry and ornaments-as much as they could afford. For cosmetics a woman would often use eye paint and even eyebrow paint! Yes, before the flamboyant girls of the 1920’s, the Hebrew woman we’re shaving off their natural eyebrows and painting in long thin ones instead. They also used perfume created from flowers and such things. The wore signet rings and men and women wore gold earrings-so jewelry was not exclusively for women. When a bride was being introduced to her soon to be husband she often wore a veil to cover the face. This is probably where we get our tradition of brides wearing veils down the aisles. From the ancient brides who wanted (or were forced) to cover their faces from the man and only reveal themselves after they were married. It was a sign of purity and virginity perhaps and showed that she had hidden herself from others for her husband’s sake. Although this tradition is a little cool and sensual sounding, I bet it allowed for some tricks and treachery as a woman could switch places with another and be married to the wrong man without anyone knowing until it was too late, like the story of Leah and Rachel.
Besides that it was a scary tradition to be joined for life to a person you had never met- let alone seen. I’m glad that is a tradition of long ago and far away-I sure would not be willing volunteer.