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Statues of household gods; legal as well as religious importance was attached to possessing them, hence the fury of Laban when he discovered that his daughter Rachel had stolen his gods (Gen. 31: 19). They were part of the equipment of the personal shrine of Micaiah, who was much put out when certain Danites persuaded his Levite chaplain to transfer to their shrine at Laish, bringing Micaiah'steraphim with him (Judg. 18: 24). The statues were man-size and, put inside a bed, they effectively deceived Saul's servants who were pursuing David (1 Sam. 19: 13–16). In the reforms of Josiah, teraphim were among the cultic objects banned.

Subjects: Biblical Studies.


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