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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:18 AM

Why did people from the bible tear their clothes in times of distress? Is it symbolic for something? Did they literally tear their clothes?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:18 AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:18 AM

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.

 

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