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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Handkerchief

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("napkin".) The two translations of the same term, soudarion , the Graecized Latin sudarium , literally, "that wherewith the sweat is wiped off". APRON, simikinthion , the Graecized Latin semicinctium ("wider than the cinctus "). Sudarium means:

(1) a wrapper to fold up money in, Luke 19:20;

(2) a cloth about a corpse's head (John 11:44, Lazarus; John 20:7, our Lord), brought from the crown under the chin;

(3) a handkerchief worn on the head, as the Bedouin's keffieh (Acts 19:12). The semicinctium was the artisan's linen garment for the front of the body.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Handkerchief'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/h/handkerchief.html. 1949.

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