Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Amethyst. Purple variety of quartz used in jewelry.See Minerals, Metals, and Precious Stones.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
AMETHYST Purple variety of quartz used in jewelry. See Minerals and Metals; Stones, Precious.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
AmethystA transparent purple or reddish stone prized for beads, seals, and amulets. Recent English translations read “amethyst” for Heb. ʾaḥlāmâ, an engraved stone on the high priest’s breastpiece (Exod. 28:19; 39:12). The LXX has améthystos for ʾaḥlāmâ, and adds it to the list of stones describing
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Amethyst (Heb. ˒aḥlāmâ; Gk. amethýstos). A type of crystalized quartz, deep purple or the color of red wine. It was used in beads in ancient Palestine and in amulets by the Egyptians. In the breastpiece of the high priest it was the third stone in the third row of precious stones (Exod. 28:19;
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Amethyst (Heb. achlamah), a subspecies of quartz of a bluish-violet color. Mention is made of this precious stone, which formed the third in the third row of the high priest’s breastplate, in Ex. 28:19; 39:12. It occurs also in Rev. 21:20.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Amethystone of the precious stones in the breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 28:19; 39:12), and in the foundation of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:20). The ancients thought that this stone had the power of dispelling drunkenness in all who wore or touched it, and hence its Greek name formed from a, “privative,”
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Am′ethyst. A species of rock-crystal supposed to prevent intoxication (Greek, a-methusta, the antidote of intoxication). Drinking-cups made of amethyst were supposed to be a charm against inebriety. It was the most cherished of all precious stones by Roman matrons, from the superstition that it would
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Amʹe-thyst, the name of a beautiful stone of a purple or violet color, greatly esteemed by the ancients for rings and cameos, and believed by them to possess the power of dispelling drunkenness. It was the ninth stone in the high priest’s breastplate (Ex. 28:19), and the twelfth in the foundations of
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
AMETHYST Deep purple variety of stone of the aluminum oxide family. Used in the breastplate of the high priest (Exod. 28:19; 39:12) and the twelfth stone in the foundation wall of the new Jerusalem (Rev. 21:20). See Jewels, Jewelry; Minerals and Metals.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
amethyst. A violet or purple transparent variety of quartz (silicon dioxide) used as an ornamental or gem stone (Heb. ʾaḥlāmâ H334, Exod. 28:19; 39:12; Gk. amethystos G287, Rev. 21:20). The color is attributed usually to the presence of manganese, or it may be due to organic material. The ancient
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
AMETHYST [אַחְלָמָהʾakhlamah; ἀμέθυστος amethystos]. This Hebrew term is of uncertain etymology. Amethyst is the ninth stone in the high priest’s breastpiece (Exod 28:19; 39:12). Amethystos is the 12th gem in the wall’s foundation of the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:20). Especially in Egyptian archaeology,