Ten Examples of Headcovering in the Old Testament (video)

This video discusses different examples of headcovering and un-covering in the Old Testament.

Here are the references:

  • Genesis 24:64-65
  • Exodus 28:3-4, 40-41
  • Exodus 34:29-35
  • Leviticus 10:6
  • Leviticus 13:45
  • Leviticus 21:10-12
  • Numbers 5:18
  • 2 Samuel 15:30
  • 1 Kings 19:13
  • Esther 6:12

It helps to read the surrounding verses for context.

You don’t have to watch the video to comment on this post, of course! After looking up the verses listed above, please share your thoughts; and if you have any more references to add, I’d love to know!

Have a great day, everybody!





7 thoughts on “Ten Examples of Headcovering in the Old Testament (video)

  1. Thanks for the list and the video. You have it all pointed out so lovingly. I’read the passages too and to me it is indeed remarkable how the covering command shifted from men(priests OT) to women in the New Testament. Alltough i think that people most likely wore some covering most all the time if not for religious reasons but for sun protection. It was just what they where wearing and still wear today in most hot and dry parts of the world. So this might make it easier for women there to practice head covering in every day life. For most of us it is a very concious decision that happens out of fear of the Lord, out of love obedience and honour.Things that are described in your OT examples for head covering. So we can surely relate to David, Mose and Elija. I always love to read how Moses face shone from beeing in the presence of the Lord. I dont feel that radiant today but sometimes it happens to us too and it is always so unique and wonderfull.


    1. Thanks, Ruth!
      I agree with your points. I also wonder if the turbans the priests wore had a different symbolism than the veils Christian women are to wear; in other words, is it that the practice has SHIFTED from OT priests to NT women, or is it that the ENTIRE MEANING of it has changed?

      Anyways, I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling that “radiant”; I have days like that, too. I hope today is better! 🙂


  2. Conservative Jewish men still keep to wear small hat(kippah),and their religious leaders cover their head with white veil(tallith).Some of messianic Jew men who believe in Jesus also cover their head while congregation,I heard.

    Married conservative Jewish ladies cover their heads,you know.

    I wonder what they are thinking of christian headcovering of ladies,uncovering of men.
    For them,is it a tradition of ‘christian churches’?

    Thank you for telling me these words of OT,I opened my Japanese bible and read again!


    1. Yes, Sanae, I have occasionally wondered those same things! I don’t see anywhere in the Old Testament where headcovering is prescribed except for the priests; so then, where did that tradition come from (for Jewish men and women)?


  3. Dear Jessica,

    I think you and I were thinking along the same lines. I just sent a question to Jeremy Gardiner this morning asking him why Jewish men wear a yarmulke to Shul, even though Genesis mentions that men are under God’s authority.

    When I was a child, my old Aunties insisted that I wear a head covering to Shul. I remember my mother arguing with them because she said I was a child and did not need to wear one.

    That was a long time ago, and since then I have converted to Christianity ( thank the Lord ).

    I seem to think that tradition is what keeps a lot of the Jewish practices in continuation.




    1. Great to hear from you, Melissa!
      So interesting to hear about your experience when you were a little girl!
      Yes, it does seem to me too that it’s tradition that keeps those practices in continuation; but like I mentioned to Sanae, where did that tradition come from, if not from the Scriptures? Maybe Bro. Jeremy will answer that for us later. 🙂 Great idea to ask him about it.


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