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Teraphim: more than mere ‘idols’ The most that can be said with certainty is that teraphim were cultic objects, distinguished in Hebrew vocabulary from carved and molded idols, of significant value and meaning in Israelite religion and lore. They were probably made in human form to represent a household god or deceased ancestors. Like the more familiar ...


The person who talked about their worth had it right. The idols in this time period were basically the will. If you were in possession of someone's idols, it meant you inherited their estate. It was a purely mercenary action.

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