Why did people from the bible tear their clothes in times of distress? Is it symbolic for something? Did they literally tear their clothes?
Tearing your garments in the bible was a sign of many things. It was an outward sign of grief and distress over some disaster or calamity. It was also a sign of deep sorrow and mourning over someone who has died. Sometimes it indicated a holy indignation (righteous ANGER) against sin and what is contrary to God's Word.
In the research I have done it seems that most scholars think that the tearing of cloth was not the entire garment. They would tear a slit or a series of slits in the bottom of the item of clothing.
Published on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 9:18 AM CDT