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Bibil Identifier bibil:224188
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Micah's Teraphim
Author Cox, Benjamin D.
Author Ackerman, Susan
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 12, Issue: 11)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 38 pages.
Abstract In publications in the 1990’s, K. van der Toorn and T.J. Lewis revived and argued persuasively for a reconstruction identifying the biblical תרפים as representations of a family’s deceased ancestors. In this paper, we look at the story of Micah’s תרפים in Judges 17-18 to suggest that this identification of the תרפים as ancestor figurines is well supported by and, indeed, clarifies certain details of the Micah account. Our interpretation also illuminates other תרפים accounts, for example, Rachel’s theft of her father Laban’s תרפים in Gen 31:19-35.
DOI 10.5508/jhs.2012.v12.a11
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Idolatry
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ancestors
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Family
Pericopes Judges 17-18
Genesis 31,19-31,35
Terms תְּרָפִים תרפים
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