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Jewelry in the Bible

What you always wanted to know bet were afraid to ask

BY Angel Manuel Rodriguez

Controversy continues to grow around whether jewelry can or should have a place in the committed Christian life. This small book is designed to help the reader cut a path through the maze of questions, opinions, and even passions to arrive at genuinely biblical answers. It responds to requests made to the Biblical Research Institute from church leaders, pastors, and interested lay people for review of the subject.


I. Introduction
Purpose and definition
Organization of the discussion
Foundation of Christian standards


II. Recent trends on the Adventist standard on jewelry
Position of the church on personal adornment
Wedding ring controversy
Controversy over the standard on jewelry
Conclusion


III. Jewelry in the Old Testament: A description of its functions
Introduction
Uses of jewelry in the Old Testament:
Used as adornment
Used as currency
Evidence of wealth
Symbol of social status
Symbol of power/authority
Religious function
Magical/apotropaic function
Used as offerings
Old Testament attitude toward jewelry
Conclusion


IV. Jewelry in the New Testament: A description of its function
Introduction
Uses of jewelry in the New Testament:
Used as adornment
Used as currency
Evidence of wealth
Symbol of social status
Symbol of power/authority
Used as offerings
New Testament attitude toward jewelry
Conclusion


V. 1 Peter 3:1-6: An exegetical analysis
Contextual considerations
Analysis of the passage:
Outward adornment
Rejection of jewelry or improper use?
Source of Peter's command
Nature of true adornment
Conclusion


VI. 1 Timothy 2:9, 10: An exegetical analysis
Contextual considerations
Analysis of the passage:
Defining proper adornment
Defining improper adornment
Adornment and spirituality
Reason for and purpose of the instruction
Conclusion


VII. Women in the Pastoral Epistles: 1 Tim. 2:11-15 as part of the context of 2:9, 10
Introduction
Women in the Pastoral Epistles
Analysis of 1 Tim. 2:11-15
Learning in silence, 2:11, 12
Adam and Eve, 2:13, 14
Childbearing, 2:15
Conclusion


VIII. Summary of the biblical materials: A foundation for the standard of the church
Summary of the biblical teaching on ornamental jewelry
Diversity of functions
General pejorative attitude
Not intrinsically evil
Restricted usage of jewelry- Ornamental jewelry is rejected
Foundation of the Adventist standard on jewelry
Conclusion


IX. Implications for the church and potential dangers
Some implications
Adventist standard on jewelry and the Bible
Restrictive use of functional jewelry
Symbol of social status
Principles versus standards
Dangers associated with the standard on jewelry
Sin and jewelry
Legalism and jewelry
Principles, jewelry, houses, cars?
Gender and jewelry
Conclusion


X. Reasons for the biblical standard on jewelry
Standard on jewelry and God's will
Standard on jewelry and human value
Standard on jewelry and a restful life
Standard on jewelry and humility
Standard on jewelry, God's grace and the community of believers
Standard on jewelry and re-creation
Standard on jewelry and the Lordship of Christ
Conclusion


Appendix I: 1972 annual council action on display and adornment
Appendix II: Action voted at the North American division 1986 year-end meeting
Appendix III: Statements from E.G. White on jewelery and personal ornamentation.

$9.95
$9.95

Publisher: General Conference

ISBN: 9781578470549

Format: Paperback

Qty on Hand: 1 In Stock

Pages: 125

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