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Teraphim

Postby David_L » Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:45 pm

In I Samuel 19:13, Michal puts teraphim (Artscroll translates as mannequins) in David's bed to trick Saul's men into thinking that David is sleeping there, to give David time to escape.

The Artscroll commentary says that "It was common for a woman to make mannequins resembling her husband to remind her of him when he was away." That strikes me as weird. Is there any more background on that custom? Does anyone do that today?
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Re: Teraphim

Postby martinbrody » Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:22 pm

David_L wrote:In I Samuel 19:13, Michal puts teraphim (Artscroll translates as mannequins) in David's bed to trick Saul's men into thinking that David is sleeping there, to give David time to escape.

The Artscroll commentary says that "It was common for a woman to make mannequins resembling her husband to remind her of him when he was away." That strikes me as weird. Is there any more background on that custom? Does anyone do that today?


This is called Artscroll sanitising!
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Re: Teraphim

Postby David_L » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:52 am

martinbrody wrote:This is called Artscroll sanitising!
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What is the unsanitised explanation?
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Re: Teraphim

Postby rivka » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:04 am

David_L wrote:Does anyone do that today?

Wikipedia wrote:A husband pillow (also known as a boyfriend pillow) is a large, high-backed pillow with two "arms." It is used to prop the user upright while in bed or on the floor, as for reading or watching television.


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Re: Teraphim

Postby martinbrody » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:27 am

David_L wrote:
martinbrody wrote:This is called Artscroll sanitising!
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What is the unsanitised explanation?


Teraphim are household idols. See Gen 31:34 for Rachel's adventures.
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Re: Teraphim

Postby David_L » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:45 am

The commentary in the Artscroll (Mesorah Publications) publication of the books of the Prophets reiterates frequently how the Israelites failed to follow the commandments. Why would they cover that up in this particular instance?
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Re: Teraphim

Postby aries » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:40 pm

Because this would be David's house and David can't do wrong by Artscroll. Artscroll raises intellectual dishonesty to an art form.
The commentators are confused if the terephim used by Rachel is the same teraphim used by David's wife.
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