Strong’s Greek 5509. χιτών

Definition: Tunic, inner garment. Worn next to the skin. In the Hellenized world, the chiton often had 2 stripes, called clavi, running down from either end of the neck opening.

Chiton Greek Bible Clothing

A chiton was the Greek name for the tunic & a cognate of the Hebrew kethoneth, which derives from the word for flax (the linen plant). It consisted of 2 pieces of linen or wool, with an opening for the neck, fastened by fibulae at the shoulders. For men, it was a knee-length garment. For women, it went down to the ankles.

Women had a version of the chiton called the Doric chiton, which was nearly identical to the peplos. The garment was extra long so it could be folded over to create a second layer, or skirt, over the torso.

  • Mat 5:40
  • Mat 10:10
  • Mar 6:9
  • Mar 14:63
  • Luke 3:11
  • Luke 6:29
  • Luk 9:3
  • John 19:23
  • Acts 9:39
  • Jude 1:23

In ancient Greece, a person’s tunic was decorated at the hem-line to represent the city-state in which he lived. Tunics might be dyed with bright colors, like red, purple, or green.

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