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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Hem:

of a garment, the fringe of a garment. The Jews attached much importance to these, because of the regulations in Num 15:38, 39. These borders or fringes were in process of time enlarged so as to attract special notice (Mat 23:5). The hem of Christ's garment touched (9:20; 14:36; Luk 8:44).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Hem:

(kraspedon): The classic instance of the use of "hem" in the New Testament is Mt 9:20 the King James Version (compare Mt 14:36), where the woman "touched the hem of his (Christ's) garment." The reference is to the fringe or tassel with its traditional blue thread which the faithful Israelite was directed to wear on the corners of the outer garment (Nu 15:37 ff; De 22:12). Great importance came to be attached to it, the ostentatious Pharisees making it very broad or large (Mt 23:5). Here the woman clearly thought there might be peculiar virtue in touching the tassel or fringe of Jesus' garment. Elsewhere the word is rendered BORDER (which see).

Written by George B. Eager

See DRESS

See FRINGES

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
 

Hem:

For HEM see BORDER

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