Friday, March 16, 2012

3 types of garments in the scriptures

There are three main types of garments mentioned in scripture:

1. Those garments made of animal skins (Alma 49:6) (Genesis 3:21)
Often in reference to telestial, or this world.  Adam and eve were first given coats of skin, then clothed with additional types of garments as referenced below.   

2. Those garments made of plant material (linen), used for temple clothing ( Ex. 35:19,)(39:1 (1–2)) (Matthew 22:11).  Often in reference to terrestrial.

3. Garments of light, potentially utilized in heavenly settings (celestial) or by heavenly beings (JST, Luke 24:2) (Matthew 22:11) (Matthew 9:21) (Psalms 104:2)
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According to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, “The words ‘to endow’ (from the Greek enduein), as used in the New Testament, means to dress, clothe, put on garments” (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, vol. 2, p. 454).

Celestial beings may be ‘endowed’ with light and glory, as a garment.

When Christ teaches about "clothing the naked" (Matthew 25:38, Jacob 2:19).  All of the above may in fact apply.  Christ's teachings have many layers.

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