MANTLE. In general some sort of upper garment worn in Biblical times by both men and women. One’s daily work was performed while usually wearing only an undergarment such as a waist cloth or tunic. In bad weather and for protection by night an upper garment was added.
M. G. Houston, Ancient Egyptian and Persian Costume and Decoration, 2nd ed. (1954); ANEP, fig. 1-66, passim; BA, XXIV (1961), 119-128.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
man’-t’-l: Used 5 times of Elijah’s mantle (’addereth,