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Arts and Humanities | Biblical Studies | Religion


In four decades of the reform of Roman Catholic worship after Vatican II, virtually no critical attention has been accorded the New Testament witness about Jesus' or the first-century church's clothing.It's a striking lacuna, for clothing is omnipresent in the New Testament. In this inquiry about clothing, I take up one aspect of the earliest Christian ritual tradition and suggest that ritual clothing has been excised from much of Christian imagination and its academy as a result of Protestant hegemony in biblical and historical criticism. By looking closely at what is said of clothing in the letters of Paul, I seek to re-associate what about clothing was dissociated in early biblical criticism.