Tuesday, July 28, 2020

More on those mislabeled tefillin

OOPS UPDATED: Twitter debate ensues after Metropolitan Museum of Art labels tefillin as Egyptian amulet (Marcy Oster, JTA).

I suppose a phylactery (tefillin) could be called an amulet, depending on your definition of amulet. But I prefer to use the more precise, and therefore more descriptive, term.

This is a photo of the object (link here, creative commons license). It is clearly a phylactery/tefillin.

Thanks to Joseph Lauer for the references.

Background here.

Visit PaleoJudaica daily for the latest news on ancient Judaism and the biblical world.