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  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Frontlets 
  occurs  only  in  Ex  13:16;  Deut.  6:8,  and  11:18.  The  meaning  of 
  the  injunction  to  the  Israelites,  with  regard  to  the  statues  and 
  precepts  given  them  that  they  should  "bind  them  for  a  sign  upon 
  their  hand,  and  have  them  as  frontlets  between  their  eyes,"  was 
  that  they  should  keep  them  distinctly  in  view  and  carefully 
  attend  to  them  But  soon  after  their  return  from  Babylon  they 
  began  to  interpret  this  injunction  literally,  and  had 
  accordingly  portions  of  the  law  written  out  and  worn  about  their 
  person.  These  they  called  tephillin  i.e.,  "prayers."  The 
  passages  so  written  out  on  strips  of  parchment  were  these  Ex 
  12:2-10;  13:11-21;  Deut.  6:4-9;  11:18-21.  They  were  then  "rolled 
  up  in  a  case  of  black  calfskin,  which  was  attached  to  a  stiffer 
  piece  of  leather,  having  a  thong  one  finger  broad  and  one  cubit 
  and  a  half  long.  Those  worn  on  the  forehead  were  written  on  four 
  strips  of  parchment,  and  put  into  four  little  cells  within  a 
  square  case,  which  had  on  it  the  Hebrew  letter  called  shin,  the 
  three  points  of  which  were  regarded  as  an  emblem  of  God."  This 
  case  tied  around  the  forehead  in  a  particular  way  was  called 
  "the  tephillah  on  the  head."  (See  {PHYLACTERY}.) 
 




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