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Camels Hair

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(τρίχες καμήλου ), a material of clothing. John the Baptist was habited in raiment of camels' hair (Matthew 3:4; Mark 1:6), and Chardin states that such garments are worn by the modern dervishes. There is a coarse cloth made of camels' hair in the East, which is used for manufacturing the coats of shepherds and camel-drivers, and also for the covering of tents (Harmar, Obs. 2:487; comp. Elian, Nat. Hist. 17:34). It was doubtless this coarse kind which was adopted by John. By this he was distinguished from those residents in royal palaces who wore soft raiment. Elijah is said in theEnglish Bible to have been "a hairy man" (2 Kings 1:8); but it maymean "a man dressed in hair" that is, camels' hair. In Zechariah 13:4, "a rough garment" that is, a garment of a hairy manufacture is characteristic of a prophet. (See Manufactures of the Ancients, N. Y.1848, p. 312 sq.; Hackett's Illustra. of Script. p. 96.)

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Camels Hair'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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