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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, 1Ki 19:18,19; 2Ki 2:8,13,14), which was probably of hair. Found in plural once (Isa 3:22), where it (ma`ataphoth) is an upper wide tunic with sleeves (kethoneth).

See Dress; Kerchief.

See also

  • Dress