Easton's Bible Dictionary
Rings properly for the ear ( Genesis
35:4 ; Numbers
31:50 ; Ezekiel
16:12 ). In Genesis
24:47 the word means a nose-jewel, and is so rendered in the Revised Version.
3:20 the Authorized Version has "ear-rings," and the Revised Version "amulets,"
which more correctly represents the original word (lehashim), which means incantations;
charms, thus remedies against enchantment, worn either suspended from the neck
or in the ears of females. Ear-rings were ornaments used by both sexes ( Exodus
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
The material of which earrings were made was generally
gold, ( Exodus
32:2 ) and their form circular. They were worn by women and by youth of both
sexes. These ornaments appear to have been regarded with superstitious reverence
as an amulet. On this account they were surrendered along with the idols by Jacobs
household. ( Genesis
35:4 ) Chardin describes earrings with talismanic figures and characters on
them as still existing in the East. Jewels were sometimes attached to the rings.
The size of the earrings still worn in eastern countries far exceeds what is usual
among ourselves; hence they formed a handsome present, ( Job
42:11 ) or offering to the service of God. ( Numbers
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
An ornamental pendant of some kind hanging from the ears has been worn by both
sexes in oriental lands from the earliest times. Among the Greeks and Romans,
as with western peoples in general, its use was confined to females. The ears
in the statue of the Medicean Venus are pierced and probably were originally ornamented
with earrings. It is clear, however, that among the Hebrews and related oriental
peoples earrings were worn by both sexes. Abraham's servant "put the earring upon
(Rebekah's) face, and the bracelets upon her hands" (Genesis
24:47 King James Version), in accordance with custom, evidently, but it is
implied that it was customary for men also to wear earrings, in that the relatives
and friends of Job "every one (gave him) an earring of gold" (Job
42:11 King James Version).
Such ornaments were usually made of gold, finely wrought, and often set with precious
stones, as archaeology has shown. Such jewels were worn in ancient times for protective
as well as for decorative purposes. the Revised Version (British and American)
renders "amulets" for the King James Version "earrings" in Isaiah
3:20, the Hebrew word (lechashim) being elsewhere associated with serpent-charming;
but the earrings of Genesis
35:4, also, were more than mere ornaments, so the King James Version
and the Revised Version (British and American) may both be right in their renderings
here (Kennedy). The influence of Egypt, where amulets of various kinds were worn
by men and gods, by the living and the dead, is shown by recent excavations at
Gezer, Taanach and Megiddo.
See AMULET; ORNAMENT.
George. B. Eager
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