from natural causes was uncommon ( 2 Kings 2:23 ; Isaiah 3:24 ). It was included apparently under "scab" and "scurf," which disqualified for the priesthood ( Leviticus 21:20 ). The Egyptians were rarely subject to it. This probably arose from their custom of constantly shaving the head, only allowing the hair to grow as a sign of mourning. With the Jews artificial baldness was a sign of mourning ( Isaiah 22:12 ; Jeremiah 7:29 ; 16:6 ); it also marked the conclusion of a Nazarite's vow ( Acts 18:18 ; 21:24 ; Numbers 6:9 ). It is often alluded to ( Micah 1:16 ; Amos 8:10 ; Jeremiah 47:5 ). The Jews were forbidden to follow the customs of surrounding nations in making themselves bald ( Deuteronomy 14:1 ).
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Baldness". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".