Phylactery Phy*lac"ter*y, n.; pl. {Phylacteries}. [OE. filateri, OF. filatire, filatiere, F. phylact[`e]re, L. phylacterium, Gr. ?, fr. ? a watcher, guard, ? to watch, guard. Cf. {Philatory}.] 1. Any charm or amulet worn as a preservative from danger or disease. [1913 Webster]

2. A small square box, made either of parchment or of black calfskin, containing slips of parchment or vellum on which are written the scriptural passages Exodus xiii. 2-10, and 11-17, Deut. vi. 4-9, 13-22. They are worn by Jews on the head and left arm, on week-day mornings, during the time of prayer. --Schaff-Herzog Encyc. [1913 Webster]

3. Among the primitive Christians, a case in which the relics of the dead were inclosed. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Phylacteries — • Small square cases of leather, worn on the forehead and forearm, used for devotional purposes Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Phylacteries     Phylacteries      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Phylacteries —    (Gr. phulakteria; i.e., defences or protections ), called by modern Jews tephillin (i.e., prayers ) are mentioned only in Matt. 23:5. They consisted of strips of parchment on which were inscribed these four texts:    1) Ex. 13:1 10;    2) 11… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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  • Phylacteries — Tefillin bestehend aus Hand und Kopf Tefillin (rechts) Tefillin (תפילין təfilin von hebr. תפילה təfila „Gebet“), oder Gebetsriemen, sind ein Paar schwarze lederne „Gebetskapseln“ mit Lederriemen, die Schriftrollen mit eingeschriebenen Bibelversen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • PHYLACTERIES —    strips of vellum inscribed with certain texts of Scripture, enclosed in small cases of calf skin, and attached to the forehead or the left arm; originally connected with acts of worship, they were eventually turned to superstitious uses, and… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • phylacteries — fɪ læktÉ™rɪ n. small leather case containing Scriptural texts which is worn by Jews during morning prayers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Christianity and phylacteries — Phylacteries or tefillin (, ). These are found both in Christian scripture and in limited segments of Christian practice.In Christian scriptureIn the New Testament, Matthew 23:5 records Jesus saying:: But they do all their deeds to be noticed by… …   Wikipedia

  • head phylacteries — small leather cases which contain Scriptural texts and are worn by Jews during morning prayers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • praying shawl and phylacteries — tallit and tefillin (Jewish religious items used in prayer) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wearing phylacteries — putting on tefillin, fulfilling the mitzvah to wear tefillin on the left hand and around the head during morning prayers …   English contemporary dictionary

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