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What does the Bible say about nose rings?
The Bible indicates that women wore nose rings in the ancient Near East (Gen. 24:22, 30, 47; Isa. 3:21). The nose ring of antiquity was larger than the nose studs women wear today. They were placed in the right nostril, formed a semicircle, reaching a little below the lower lip. Historical and cultural backgrounds of the biblical world suggest that a nose ring was the most valued piece of jewelry for women in the ancient world.

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is currently working towards his third degree in at the University of Bristol, England. An ordained minister and full-time professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, Winfred has served churches across the City of Chicago, the near west subburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

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