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Bible Encyclopedias
Breeches (2)

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

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is the uniform rendering in the Auth. Vers. solely of the Heb. מַכְנְסִיַם, miknesa'yim, two drawers (from כָּנִס, to wrap up), Sept. περισκελῆ (so Sirach 45:8) or περισκελές, Vulg. feminalia, made of linen, and worn by the Jewish priests to hide the parts of shame while ministering at the altar (Exodus 28:42; Exodus 39:28; Leviticus 6:10; Leviticus 16:4; Ezekiel 44:18). The description of Josephus (ὡσπερεί ἀναξυρίδες, Ant. 3:7, 1) agrees with this, making this article (which he Graecizes μαναχασή ) of sacerdotal dress to be an under-garment for the loins and thighs only. See Braun, De Vestitu Sacerd. Eebr. lib. ii, ch. i, p. 345 sq. (See PRIEST); (See ATTIRE).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Breeches (2)'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​tce/​b/breeches-2.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.
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