Friday, March 10, 2017

The Phylactery

Black and white phylactery.
Description of the illustration: black and white drawing,  The practice of using phylacteries was founded on a literal interpretaion of Ex.13:9,16; Deut. 6:8; 11:18, where God commands the Hebrews to bear the Law in their hearts and in their heads, and it is still continued in our days. There are two kinds of phylacteries - one to worn on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and another to be worn on the left arm. The former was called a "frontlet," and was composed of four pieces of parchment, on the first of which was written Ex. 12:2-10; on the second, Ex. 13: 11-21; on the third Deut. 6:4-9; and on the fourth, Deut. 11:18-21. These pieces of parchment, thus inscribed, were inclosed in a piece of tough skin, making a square, on one side of which was placed the Hebrew letter shin, and this box was tied to the forehead with a thong or riband. Some wore them both evening and morning, and others only at morning prayer. Dictionary of Bible

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