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Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament

Ring (2)

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RING.—When the Prodigal Son in the parable returned to his father (Luke 15:22), the latter ordered a ring (δακτύλιος) to be placed on his son’s finger. This was not only a mark of opulence (James 2:2), it is perhaps intended also as a token that he was restored to a place of authority in the house, and allowed to issue orders in his father’s name (see Genesis 38:18; Genesis 41:42, Esther 3:10). For the allegorical fancies that have clustered round this ring, see the works on the Parables; cf., further, art. Seal.

C. H. Prichard.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Ring (2)'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdn/r/ring-2.html. 1906-1918.

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