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Bible Question and Answer

What is the significance of the purple cloth often seen draped over a cross?

Topic(s): Jesus, Denominationalism

Todd Clippard

There is no biblical origin or significance to the purple cloth we often see draped over representations of the cross of Christ. In doing some research on the Internet, I found that most who use it do so in reference to the kingship of Christ. In the first century, wearing purple cloth indicated that one was a person of wealth or considerable means and was often considered as synonymous with royalty.

Again, there is no biblical precedent for this, neither should there be any biblical significance assigned to it.

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