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Why Are Christ's Garments White As Snow?
The English word "snow" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, sneeuw, which referred to the definition of snow that is used today i.e. "precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals."
The Biblical Hebrew word for snow is pronounced sheh-leg. It means whiteness, as it is sometimes literally translated.
"51:7 Purge me with Hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." (Psalm 51:7 KJV)
"And His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow"
Although many regard the land of Israel to be free of snow, snowfall occasionally occurs during winter, particularly in the higher elevations (Jerusalem itself has experienced snowfall in recent years). Most people of Bible History were familiar with snow.
"147:16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. 147:17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?" (Psalm 147:16-17 KJV)
Snow was also frequently used as an analogy for purity - the absolute purity of God now, and the purity-in-progress of repentant Christians (see The Cure For The Carnal Mind).
"24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned." (Job 24:19 KJV)
The "transfiguration" was a vision of the future Kingdom of God on earth. Christ's "garment was white as snow" not merely because it was a very, white color, but because "his raiment became shining."
9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them." (Mark 9:2-3 KJV)
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