Simlah

The common cloak. Translated as “himation” in Greek. Heavy wool, possibly linen. Protection from rain and cold, and at night peasant Israelites could wrap themselves in this garment for warmth. The front of the simlah also could be arranged in wide folds and all kinds of products could be carried in it. Hebrews carried goods on their shoulders or back using Simlahs. (Exodus 12:34). Every respectable man generally wore the simlah over the kethoneth (See Isaiah 20:2-3), but since the simlah hindered work, it was either left home or removed when working. Used by Japheth and Shem to cover their father Noah’s nakedness(Gen 9:23). Jacob tore his when learned of Joseph’s apparent death (Gen 37:34). Joseph changed his “simlah” (possibly just denoting his general clothing here) before seeing Pharoah (Gen 41:14). Sons of Jacob tear clothes (Gen 44:13). Virgin’s evidence (Deut 22:17). Men and women should not exchange (again probably just denoting clothing in general) (Gen 22.5). Joshua tore (Joshua 7:6). A good spread for collecting donations (Joshua 8:25). 8071.

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