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Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Johannes Unsok Ro

Linen is one of the most ancient (the Neolithic period) and most common fabrics used in the Ancient Near East. It was spun from the flax plant Linum usitatissimum. Wild flax seems to have originated in Palestine and the Caucasus. The earliest evidence of the domestication of flax derives from sites in northwestern Iraq dated around 5000 BCE. Domesticated flax was later introduced to Egypt where it grew plentifully and was utilized to make fine linen. The significance of flax cultivation in Pale…

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