Braun, Johannes. Bigde kohanim …Vestitus sacerdotum herbaeorum.
Amsterdam: Janssonio-Waefbergios, Danielem Elseviriun, viduam J. à Someren, et Henr. & Theod. Boom, 1680
Braun, Johannes, 1628-1708.
The books of Exodus and Leviticus describe the bigdei kodesh (“holy garments”) required for the high priests ministering in the Tabernacle.
Vestitus, Braun’s work on these garments, their production and ritual, was of such high-quality scholarship that it earned him a Hebrew and theology professorship at the University of Groningen, and became a standard work on the subject.
Minor variations in ritual vestments varied according to the pre an post-exilic period.
The four undergarments are of fine twined linen and consist of:
The four outer garments:
In 1697-98 a second edition of Vestitus appeared, followed by a similarly illustrated work on Hebrew antiquities (Selecta sacra, 1700). All of Braun’s works show a close acquaintance with the Scriptures, an accurate knowledge of Jewish rites and customs, and great familiarity with rabbinical learning. He was also familiar with Spinoza's works, and Descartes’ influence on him is quite evident.