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Crown - Ancient Jewish Bridal Attire

Updated on September 13, 2013
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Born-again Christian single mother of two grown kids. PC Tech, and Author of 18+ books in the non-fiction, personal/spiritual growth genres

Gold Crown
Gold Crown
The Diadem or Crown of Princess Sit-Hathor Yunet from her tomb. She was the daughter of the 12th dynasty pharaoh, Senusret II, and the sister of pharaoh Senusret III. This masterpiece of Ancient Egyptian art work is now located in the C
The Diadem or Crown of Princess Sit-Hathor Yunet from her tomb. She was the daughter of the 12th dynasty pharaoh, Senusret II, and the sister of pharaoh Senusret III. This masterpiece of Ancient Egyptian art work is now located in the C | Source
Byzantine period Diadem
Byzantine period Diadem

Crown or Diadem or Tiara

We've discussed many parts of the bridal outfit, but one. This final piece in various forms continues to be used in Jewish weddings simply due to the fact that on their wedding day, the Jewish bride and groom are known as King and Queen in orthodox Jewish circles. To that end, various Jewish cultures have developed customs around this concept, invariably involving a crown of some form.

One common iteration of this crown, is the diadem. The diadem hasn't changed much from the Roman examples that we have, and in many cases has now been given the name "Tiara" when worn by a lady. In ancient Rome, the diadem was typically made of gold, and either formed into the motif of leaves, or inlaid with precious stones. The illustration of Malachi 3 would suggest that the jewels in God's crown are actually set in a diadem.

Diadem is mentioned 4 times in Scripture, and crown 66 times. In most cases, the term crown appears to be more readily interpreted as diadem, but in other cases, one gets the impression it's use was most definitely a crown of royalty.

Many references include the word crown or diadem along with terms such as honour, royalty, glory, prize, and life. Whenever God's favor left an Old Testament king, the prophet would remove his crown, or the king was said to have had his crown removed. In various places of Scripture, a crown of glory is mentioned, and in the New Testament, the crown of life is mentioned, and they will be cast before God one day in Heaven.

Tall portion of the Yemenite Jewish bridal headdress
Tall portion of the Yemenite Jewish bridal headdress


Crowns have fascinated people down through the ages. Some have been made out of cloth, others out of precious metals such as gold or silver, and most have been decorated in some fashion with precious stones and other artwork. To crown a person for a day was to give them a place of honour. Young girls like to dress up as princesses and put a tiara on their heads. As noted above, Jewish brides and grooms wear crowns or tiaras to denote their position that day as king and queen. It is interesting to note while reading various sources on this subject, that some of the kings of ancient lands would make their half-crowns, otherwise known as tiaras or diadems, stand up tall. This was done in Egypt, Assyria, Persia, and other lands as well. We see this in the towering hat worn as part of the Yemeni Jewish bridal headdress as well. Much like the ancient diadems, we see the Yemeni headdress woven with gold as well.

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What does this mean for the Bride of Christ?

The Bride of Christ will wear a crown on her wedding day as well. According to Ezekiel, it will be a crown of gold, and according to the Apostle Paul, it will be the crown of life given out to all who endure faithful to the end. Being crowned with the glory of God is no small thing, and one the Bride of Christ should not take lightly. God Himself says in Isaiah, that He will be to her as a crown and a diadem, meaning it is God who not only crowns His people, but is that very crown Himself. His glory, His presence is what will be the covering of the Bride of Christ.

To this end, the Bride of Christ should seek to persevere under the pressures of this world and not give up. Those who do not know Christ will throw all manner of dissuasions, discouragements, derailments, and more into the path of the Christ-follower, but we are to remain faithful and not turn to the right hand or to the left. There will come a day when we will receive this crown of life and we will stand before the Throne so amazed and so grateful that we will throw it down at His feet. This act will not be one of scorn or disfavor, but one of incredible gratitude for all God has brought us through and all He had been to us and done for us.

We have reached the end of our discussion on ancient Jewish bridal attire, and it is interesting to see the threads that have woven their way along. The glory of God and the purity of heart present in the gold and silver have been present almost this entire journey. We cannot bear the glory of God to the world if we are not pure of heart before Him. This means regularly examining ourselves before the Lord, and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal anything to us that needs cleansing, dealing with, etc, and then humbling ourselves to His hand and heart as He washes us clean by the Blood of the Lamb.

It behooves us as the Bride of Christ to look after the dowry God has given us, and to wear it boldly before a world that needs rescuing so that they too may receive this same amazing gift.

Today we finished our discussion on ancient Jewish bridal attire

Specifically given as special outfit
broidered work
badger's skin
fine linen
changeable apparel
crisping pin
Song of Solomon
chains of gold
ankle chains
Rows of Jewels on cheeks
"a thousand bucklers"
crescent pendants
forehead jewel
nose jewels
hand mirrors

© 2013 Marilynn Dawson


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