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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Hem of Garment
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
Hem of garment
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Greek - hem
Greek - hem
Hebrew - hem, hem of the robe

The border of a cloth article doubled back and stitched down to prevent the cloth from unraveling. Biblical references to the “hem” of a garment refer more generally to its edge or border. The border of Aaron's high priestly robe was decorated with blue, purple, and scarlet pomegranates and gold bells (Exodus 28:31-35; Exodus 39:22-26). Sometimes the woof (the verticle filling threads in woven cloth) were left long to prevent unraveling. The result of these long threads was a fringed border. The fringe on the corners of their garments was to remind the Israelites of the law of God (Numbers 15:38-39). The fringed “hem” of Jesus' garment conveyed healing power to those who in faith touched it (Matthew 9:20; Matthew 14:36; Mark 6:56; Luke 8:44).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'HEM'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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