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Jews cannot pierce their bodies, i.e. (religious) Jewish women are not supposed to have pierced ears. I canMy parents only allowed me to wear clip-on earrings. This applies to men too. We were created in God's image, b’tzelem Elohim (human creation in the image of God). InSee too Leviticus 19:28

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD

(In the Christian religion, that "the body is the temple of the soul" is evoked in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 6:19.  )

That's why it was obvious that the Midianites were not Jews, because they were wearing earrings. ("For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.") Any kind of earring would have been indicative that they were not Jews, not just gold earrings.

As for why they were called Ishmaelites, I think that William's answer provides some insight into that:

Islam specifically forbids followers from wearing earrings and nose rings, and no gold at all. (For this last statement, I claim no expertise at all. I have read this from multiple islamic q&a type forums, mainly it came up related to questions concerning jewelry, and Jaahiliyaah always came up.). These Ishmaelites are the direct ancestors of the first Muslims. 'Jaahiliyaah' is talking about them. With the prohibition of earrings, specifically golden ones, in Islam, I suggest that it strongly hints some relativity of the earrings to pre-Islamic Allah worship.

Judaism and Islam both forbid piercing one's ears, i.e. wearing earrings.

Jews cannot pierce their bodies, i.e. Jewish women are not supposed to have pierced ears. I can only wear clip-on earrings. This applies to men too. We were created in God's image, b’tzelem Elohim (human creation in the image of God). In the Christian religion, that "the body is the temple of the soul" is evoked in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 6:19.  

That's why it was obvious that the Midianites were not Jews, because they were wearing earrings. ("For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.") Any kind of earring would have been indicative that they were not Jews, not just gold earrings.

As for why they were called Ishmaelites, I think that William's answer provides some insight into that:

Islam specifically forbids followers from wearing earrings and nose rings, and no gold at all. (For this last statement, I claim no expertise at all. I have read this from multiple islamic q&a type forums, mainly it came up related to questions concerning jewelry, and Jaahiliyaah always came up.). These Ishmaelites are the direct ancestors of the first Muslims. 'Jaahiliyaah' is talking about them. With the prohibition of earrings, specifically golden ones, in Islam, I suggest that it strongly hints some relativity of the earrings to pre-Islamic Allah worship.

Judaism and Islam both forbid piercing one's ears, i.e. wearing earrings.

Jews cannot pierce their bodies, i.e. (religious) Jewish women are not supposed to have pierced ears. My parents only allowed me to wear clip-on earrings. This applies to men too. We were created in God's image, b’tzelem Elohim (human creation in the image of God). See too Leviticus 19:28

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD

(In the Christian religion, that "the body is the temple of the soul" is evoked in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 6:19.)

That's why it was obvious that the Midianites were not Jews, because they were wearing earrings. ("For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.") Any kind of earring would have been indicative that they were not Jews, not just gold earrings.

As for why they were called Ishmaelites, I think that William's answer provides some insight into that:

Islam specifically forbids followers from wearing earrings and nose rings, and no gold at all. (For this last statement, I claim no expertise at all. I have read this from multiple islamic q&a type forums, mainly it came up related to questions concerning jewelry, and Jaahiliyaah always came up.). These Ishmaelites are the direct ancestors of the first Muslims. 'Jaahiliyaah' is talking about them. With the prohibition of earrings, specifically golden ones, in Islam, I suggest that it strongly hints some relativity of the earrings to pre-Islamic Allah worship.

Judaism and Islam both forbid piercing one's ears, i.e. wearing earrings.

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Jews cannot pierce their bodies, i.e. Jewish women are not supposed to have pierced ears. I can only wear clip-on earrings. This applies to men too. We were created in God's image, b’tzelem Elohim (human creation in the image of God). In the Christian religion, that "the body is the temple of the soul" is evoked in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 6:19.

That's why it was obvious that the Midianites were not Jews, because they were wearing earrings. ("For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.") Any kind of earring would have been indicative that they were not Jews, not just gold earrings.

As for why they were called Ishmaelites, I think that William's answer provides some insight into that:

Islam specifically forbids followers from wearing earrings and nose rings, and no gold at all. (For this last statement, I claim no expertise at all. I have read this from multiple islamic q&a type forums, mainly it came up related to questions concerning jewelry, and Jaahiliyaah always came up.). These Ishmaelites are the direct ancestors of the first Muslims. 'Jaahiliyaah' is talking about them. With the prohibition of earrings, specifically golden ones, in Islam, I suggest that it strongly hints some relativity of the earrings to pre-Islamic Allah worship.

Judaism and Islam both forbid piercing one's ears, i.e. wearing earrings.