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Jewelry
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Decorative components of clothing and dress. In the ancient world, jewelry was used for personal adornment, as it is today, but it also had practical and religious uses. Wearing jewelry was common throughout all cultures of the ancient world and was not limited by gender or age. Men, women, and children could wear a variety of jewelry types. Earrings, armlets, anklets, bangles, necklaces, amulets, and brooches were common in the Old Testament world (King and Stager, Life, 276–79).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jewelry
Jewelry Decorative components of clothing and dress. In the ancient world, jewelry was used for personal adornment, as it is today, but it also had practical and religious uses. Wearing jewelry was common throughout all cultures of the ancient world and was not limited by gender or age. Men, women, and
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Jewel; Jewelry
Jewel; JewelryAn ornament of gold, silver, or semiprecious stones in the form of an amulet, bracelet, headdress, anklet, or the like. Near Eastern archeological excavations have revealed many examples of such ornaments, demonstrating the widespread use of semiprecious stones in settings of precious
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Jewelry, Jewels
JEWELRY, JEWELS Decorated adornments. In the Bible, jewelry was used by both men and women (Ex 11:2; Is 3:18–21). Items of jewelry were given as presents (Gn 24:22, 53) and were regularly seized as spoil in war (2 Chr 20:25). Before coinage came into use, jewels were associated with gold and silver as
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Jewels, Jewelry
jewels, jewelry. General references to jewelry in the Bible have both literal and figurative applications. The former often occur in constructions that indicate something else is more valuable: wisdom is “more precious than jewels” (Prov. 3:13–15); a capable wife is “far more precious than jewels” (31:10).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Jewels, Jewelry
Jewelry of Queen Shubad of Ur, c. 2500 b.c. BMJEWELS, JEWELRY. The love of adornment has been expressed in the wearing of precious stones and the making of jewelry since the beginning of history. The practice of burying such treasures with the remains of their owners has been of inestimable help to
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Jewelry
JewelryIn the Bible, adornments are more often described as individual pieces than referred to collectively. Isa. 3:18–23 is a catalogue of jewelry including anklets, headbands, crescents, pendants, bracelets, armlets, amulets, signet rings and nose rings, as well as other items broadly classed as ornamentation.
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Jewelry
JEWELRY Man’s propensity for personal adornment expressed itself from earliest times. Prehistoric jewelry consisted of beads and pendants of various shapes made of bone shells and stone. Simple ornaments of this kind continued to be used throughout all periods alongside the more sophisticated gold and
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Jewel, Jewelry
JEWEL, JEWELRY. In all ages and among all peoples the love of ornament has expressed itself in the making and wearing of objects of beauty in such forms as were attainable. Very early, as soon indeed as the use of metals was known, the making of jewelry, in our sense of the word, began. In the prehistoric
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Jewelry
Jewelryjewelry, body ornaments, usually made of metal and/or precious stones. As with other generic terms (like ‘tools’), biblical usage tends to favor specific designations of jewel material or artifacts over use of the general word. References to the general term include both figurative (‘lips of
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Jewelry
JEWELRY — objects of precious metals often set with gems and worn for personal adornment. Since the beginning of history, people have adorned themselves with various kinds of jewelry. To be elaborately decorated with jewelry in the ancient world was a symbol of wealth and status (2 Sam. 1:10; Dan. 5:7,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Jewels, Jewelry
JEWELS, JEWELRY Jewels are stones valued for their beauty or scarcity. Most often they are cut and polished to enhance their appearance. Jewels have been more rare in archaeological finds in Palestine than in Egyptian, Greek, or Phoenician archaeological remains. There are two reasons for this. First,
Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, Volumes I–IV
Jewelry
JewelryJewelry consists of precious and semiprecious objects used for personal adornment [see Figures 3 and 4 on pp. 498 and 499]. Since wearing and acquiring jewelry occurs in most cultures, these seem to be natural human tendencies. Jewelry, which can include precious stones, precious metals, and