Thursday, February 18, 2021

Royal Purple

 They claim Jesus wore it but only during His Passion. From The BBC:

A purple dye dating back to the...reign of the Biblical King David has been identified on a piece of fabric by Israeli archaeologists. The dye is said to have been more valuable than gold and was associated with royalty. It is the first time textile from that period with the colour has been found in the region. Israel Antiquities Authority expert Dr Naama Sukenik called it a "very exciting and important discovery". The fragment was unearthed during excavations at a site in Timna, about 220km (137 miles) south of Jerusalem.

"In antiquity, purple attire was associated with the nobility, with priests, and of course with royalty," said Dr Sukenik.

"The gorgeous shade of the purple, the fact that it does not fade, and the difficulty in producing the dye, which is found in minute quantities in the body of molluscs, all made it the most highly valued of the dyes, which often cost more than gold." (Read more.)


1 comment:

julygirl said...

It is even mentioned in the Bible (Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament). There was a woman mentioned named Lidia (?), "seller of purple" who was a wealthy benefactor in the early formation of Christianity before it even began being called Christianity.