wedding garments

From: James Kuiper (
Date: Tue Sep 26 1995 - 09:50:18 EDT

A friend of mine recently asked about the wedding garments(enduma gamou)
mentioned in Matt 22:11-12. His NIV Study Bible says something to the effect
that there is no historical evidence that wedding clothes were given to
guests but that it seems reasonable to speculate that this was the custom.

My friend does not doubt this speculation and neither do I but I couldn't find
any reference to this custom in any of my limited reference works. Specific-
ally, my BAG lexicon is well out of date.

Has anyone found the term "wedding garments" in extra-Biblical literature.
Can anyone shed light on the custom of providing said garments to wedding


James Kuiper

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