XII.3. What Was Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors Really Like?

Question:  I have heard that Joseph’s coat of many colors referred to in Genesis 37 was not that at all. I know this is not a really important question.

Answer:  This phrase appears in Genesis 37:3, 23, 32. The Hebrew here is "pac" and means "spread out, a coat spread out, i.e. a large coat". Probably something that resembled our overcoat. There is a Hebrew word, "piqmah" which means "variation of colors’, but it does not appear here; neither does the Hebrew "tala" meaning "spotted with colors".

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