A common form of personal adornment in the biblical world. They were usually made of bronze or precious metals, although iron examples are known and glass bracelets abounded in the Roman period. Both males and females wore bracelets, which were placed at or near the wrist, in contrast to armlets, which adorned the upper arm. In addition to being decorative items, bracelets could serve, as did jewelry in general, as a repository of wealth. The story of Rebekah (Gen 24:22; Gen 24:30; Gen 24:47) demonstrates their use as items of monetary value, as does the fact that bracelets were among the valuables donated to the tent of meeting (Num 31:50).

Gen 24:22

22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels,

Gen 24:30

30As soon as he had seen the nose-ring, and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, “Thus the man spoke to me,” h ... View more

Gen 24:47

47Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the ... View more

Num 31:50

50And we have brought the Lord's offering, what each of us found, articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and pendants, to make atoneme ... View more

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