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Phylactories (teffilin) in Jewish ritual

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  • Steve Farmer
    Review of a new book on the history of phylacteries (teffilin -- leather boxes strapped to the head and arm with protective texts inside from the Torah) in
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2009
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      Review of a new book on the history of phylacteries
      (teffilin -- leather boxes strapped to the head and arm with
      protective texts inside from the Torah) in ancient Jewish
      ritual. The book is useful for anyone interested in the
      comparative history of word magic.

      Book:

      Yehudah B. Cohn, _Tangled up in Text: Teffilin and the Ancient
      World_, 2008. Review by Joshua Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University, Israel:

      5-page review here as PDF:
      http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/6972_7567.pdf

      Wikipedia article on teffilin (with a picture) for those new to them:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tefillin

      Does anyone know of close parallels (there are many distant
      ones) outside Jewish culture?

      Steve
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