Why Do Israel’s Priests Shine?
In the Hebrew Bible, we read that the priests’ garments are made of white material accented by gold and jewels, many of which only appear in the Eden narrative and in John’s description of the new Heaven and Earth in the book of Revelation. These clothes are only to be worn when priests are fulfilling their “Adam and Eve” roles inside the micro-Eden tabernacle. The clothes are a symbol pointing back to the Eden narrative and God’s ideal for humanity. Priests were to represent the new adam—shimmering, royal, priestly humans who enter into the Eden space through prayer and sacrifices.