July 06, 2012

Headcovering of Jesus Christ

From time to time I am asked the question which headcovering Jesus Christ wore?

The only source I found was in the book "The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah" written by Alfred Edersheim, 1883, Book III, Chapter 26, page 917:

 "In regard to the covering of the head, it was deemed a mark of disrespect to walk abroad, or to pass a person, with bared head. Slaves covered their heads in presence of their heads in presence of their masters, and the Targum Onkelos indicates Israel’s freedom by paraphrasing the expression they ‘went out with a high hand’ by ‘with uncovered head’. The ordinary covering of the head was the so-called Sudar (or Sudarimn), a kerchief twisted into a turban, and which might also be worn round the neck. A kind of hat was also in use, either of light material or of felt (Aphilyon shel rosh or Philyon). The Sudar was twisted by Rabbis in a peculiar manner to distinguish them from others. We read besides of a sort of cap or hood attached to garments."

Maybe the Sudar looked like that ...

In front of the Temple of Jerusalem

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