In Judith 14:17, why did everybody strip off their clothing ("sciderunt omnes vestimenta sua") when they heard Holofernes died? Was that some kind of custom back then? If so, it was definitely a weird one.

  • Sciderunt comes from scindo, which is related to the English scissor.
    – Lucian
    May 5 at 18:10
  • @Lucian That... does not address my question. May 5 at 18:41
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    Why doesn't it ? :-) They tore or rent their clothing, not stripped it.
    – Lucian
    May 5 at 19:36
  • @Lucian Sorry, English is not my native language (I am Croatian), what is the difference? May 5 at 20:07
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    Stripping means taking one's clothes off, as in strip tease; tearing or rending means ripping them apart to shreds.
    – Lucian
    May 5 at 20:08

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