teraphim


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teraphim

(tĕr`əfĭm), in the Bible, a plural term of uncertain origin referring either to household idols or to idols set up in a local sanctuary, or consulted for purposes of divination. Little is known regarding their form, except that they could be of a person's size, or small enough to be carried by hand.
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The two sisters match the two brothers, the issue of who is first born is crucial, favouritism creates a problem, and Rachel in stealing her father's teraphim (Gen.
Nor do Rachel or Samson's wife lie when stealing Laban's teraphim (Gen 31:19) and extricating the answer to the riddle (Judg 14:15-17), respectively.
We meet Rachel, Jacob's wife, who has reclaimed her grandmother's teraphim and must bear the penalty of death if discovered.
We learn that she herself is not God-fearing, as she uses teraphim (small idols) to make a dummy in David's bed, which fools her father's henchmen and saves David's life (I Sam.
the importance of teraphim to Laban (and possibly to Rachel).
van der Toorn, "The Nature of the Biblical Teraphim in the Light of the Cuneiform Evidence," CBQ 52 (1990): 206.
With Laban, we note that Rachel stole the teraphim that were her father's (Gen.