MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE BIBLE (JEWELRY FOR THE NOSE AND ARM)

gold-jewelry

 

Because of Rebekah’s kindness to him, Abraham’s servants presented her with gifts of jewelry. The “earring” was actually a nose ring. The servant said later that he had put this piece of jewelry “upon her face” (Gen 24:47).

It was common for women of Bible times to wear nose rings. They were generally about one to two inches in diameter. Made of silver or gold, they were often inlaid with precious stones. The term shekels indicates the weights of the gold or silver in the nose ring (see Genesis 23:16). Isaiah 3:21 and Ezekiel 16:12 also refer to nose rings (see NIV translation).

Abraham’s servant also gave Rebekah two bracelets. Made of gold, silver, or bronze, these were worm by both men and women in Bible time Sometimes the lower section of each arm was almost covered with bracelets. Bracelets are also referred to in Numbers 31:50 and Ezekiel 16:11; 23:42.

Genesis 24:22- And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekels weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;

Genesis 24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

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