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‘Thigh’ (μηρός) found in the NT only in Revelation 19:16, ‘on his garment and on his thigh a name written.’ There is considerable doubt as to the interpretation (see Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) , s.v. ‘Thigh’), but the general view is that the second phrase limits the first, i.e. the name was written upon the outer garment where it falls over the thigh; or it may have been that the inscription was partly on the garment and partly on the thigh (or what covered it). It was customary to attach a legend of some sort to statues, equestrian and other, and to place this in a prominent position. See references in H. Alford, Greek Testament, iv.5 [London, 1875] 728, and in H. B. Swete, The Apocalypse of St. John 2, London, 1907, p. 255. In contrast to v. 12 this name is not cryptic.

W. Cruickshank.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Thigh'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. 1906-1918.

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