NELC 150

Introduction to the Bible

Slide 16

Fringed garments, like those prescribed in Numbers 15:37-41, worn by Asiatics. Egyptian painting shows that the "four corners of garment," mentioned in Numbers 15 as the place where the fringes/tassels are to be attached, refers either to (1) skirts with scalloped hems, with the fringes attached at the points of the scallops, or (2) to skirts with 4 vertical bands, with the fringes attached where the bands meet the hem. Such fringed garments were typically worn by wealthy/nobility, implying that in addition to serving as reminders of God's commandments, the fringes also symbolize Israel's status as God's nobility.