Biblical ‘Royal Purple’ Found at Timna Offers Look At King David Wardrobe
The special purple described in the Bible and wore by the kings of Israel, including David and Solomon, was recently identified on 3,000-year-old fragments of fabrics unearthed at the iconic site of Timna in the Negev.
“King Solomon made for himself the carriage; he made it of wood from Lebanon. Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior inlaid with love” reads the third chapter of Song of Songs.
Jesus is also described in Christian sources wearing the same color. The purple – “argaman” – was considered a status symbol of the elites in ancient societies in the southern Levant. (JPost / VFI News)