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Teraphim


Teraphim. This word occurs only in the plural, and denotes images connected with magical rites. The derivation of the name is obscure. In one case—1 Sam. 19:13, 16—a single statue seems to be intended by the plural. The teraphim, translated “images” in the Authorized Version, carried away from Laban by Rachel were regarded by Laban as gods, and it would therefore appear that they were used by those who added corrupt practices to the patriarchal religion. Teraphim again are included among Micah’s images. Judges 17:3–5; 18:17–18, 20. Teraphim were consulted for oracular answers by the Israelites, Zech. 10:2; comp. Judges 18:5–6; 1 Sam. 15:22–23; 19:13, 16, LXX, and 2 Kings 23:24, and by the Babylonians in the case of Nebuchadnezzar. Ezek. 21:19–22.

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