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  • n. Plural form of phylactery.


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  • This embroidery then of the Decalogue they called phylacteries, that is, conservatories, because those who wore them, wore them for their own protection and security.

    Catena Aurea - Gospel of Matthew

  • Turns out those boxes are called phylacteries or tefillin in Hebrew.

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  • You know, dtl, religious Jewish men wear biblically mandated religious garments as well, and in the morning they pray with tefillin, also known as phylacteries, on their arm and forehead, which can be really weird looking and offputting to people unfamiliar with them.

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  • They are called in Greek phylacteries, that is, observatories; because they were to put them in mind of the law; and perhaps they were also called preservatories, because they were supposed to have some virtue in them to drive away devils: "It is necessary that the phylacteries should be repeated at home a-nights, to drive away devils."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • And when that Father and Mother shine above Him, all (these crowns) are called the phylacteries of the Head, and that Son taketh all things, and becometh the heir of all.

    Hebrew Literature

  • A tefillin -- also called phylacteries -- has two small black boxes with black straps attached to them and one box is placed on the head and the other is tied to the arm.

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  • It met, we presume, with the fate of _Punch's_ sarcasms against crinoline, -- the 'phylacteries' would for a season, instead of being lessened, be enlarged, till Fashion lifted up her omnipotent rod, and told it to be otherwise.

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  • {u} "but all their works" Mt 6: 1-16 {v} "phylacteries" Nu 15: 38

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • "phylacteries" were strips of parchment, on which were written four passages of Scripture, (Exodus 13: 2-10,11-17; 6: 4-9,13-23) in an ink prepared for the purpose.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • The shochet, 32-year-old Rabbi Shalom Kantor, is standing off to the side, removing his prayer shawl and phylacteries.

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