Strong’s Hebrew 155. אַדֶּרֶת

Definition: a mantle; a cloak made of fur or fine material.

Figuratively, the word denotes glory, magnificence or splendor. From a root which means glorious, honorable (Strong’s Hebrew 117).

A fur addereth was the characteristic garment of the prophets. Perhaps there is even a connection to John the Baptist’s camel hair clothing.

  • Gen 25:25 (Esau was described like an addereth – hairy)
  • Joshua 7:21 (A beautiful Mesopotamian mantle was included in a list of banned spoils)
  • I Kings 19 (Elijah wrapped his face in response to the sound of a gently blowing wind, and later threw his mantle on his successor Elisha)
  • 2 Kings 2 (Used to miraculously divide the waters)
  • Ezekiel 17:8 (Used as an adjective to describe a vine as “splendid” or “majestic”)
  • Jonah 3:6 (King of Nineveh removed his mantle and put on sackcloth)
  • Zechariah 11:3 (Metaphor for glory or wealth)
  • Zechariah 13:4 (Hairy garment of the prophets)

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