Thursday, July 30, 2020

Met relabels "amulet" as "phylactery"

OOPS CORRECTED: So long, ‘amulet.’ Hello, ‘phylactery.’ The Met Museum has updated that tefillin description (Philissa Cramer, JTA Quick Reads).

Joseph Lauer has drawn my attention to this latest development. It sounds like progress. But, like Joe, I would like to know more about the grounds for dating the object to as early as the sixth century and whether there are still scriptural texts inside it. They could be informative about the date, etc.

Background here and here.

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