Phylactories (teffilin) in Jewish ritual
- 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.
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:
Wikipedia article on teffilin (with a picture) for those new to them:
Does anyone know of close parallels (there are many distant
ones) outside Jewish culture?