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Rings on the fingers were among the ornaments worn by Jews, both by men (Genesis 38:18; Genesis 38:25; Genesis 41:42, Luke 15:22) and by women (Isaiah 3:21). A warning against the wearing of rings by Christians is given in Apost. Const. i. 3. That it was needed we can see from the fact that in James 2:2 the Christian congregations are warned against paying undue respect to the man who comes into their assembly ‘with a gold ring’ (lit. [Note: literally, literature.] ‘golden-ringed’; his hands might be adorned with a number of rings). Clement of Alexandria, while forbidding to Christians such ornaments as are mere luxuries, makes an exception of the ring because of its use for the purpose of sealing.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Ring'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. 1906-1918.

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