phylacteries

phylacteries (Fi-lak´tuh-reez; Heb. tephillin)

A pair of small black boxes containing passages from scripture written on parchment. According to ancient Jewish tradition, the tephillin are fastened by black straps to the upper left arm and above the forehead. The tradition is based on (Exod 13:9, Exod 13:16; Deut 6:8; and Deut 11:18). The paragraphs in which these verses appear are the very ones placed inside the phylacteries. The use of phylacteries to flaunt piety is criticized by Jesus in (Matt 23:5).

Exod 13:9

9It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand ... View more

Exod 13:16

16It shall serve as a sign on your hand and as an emblem on your forehead that by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”

Deut 6:8

8Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,

Deut 11:18

18You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead.

Matt 23:5

5They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.

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