THE HIGH PRIEST
Every image of a high priest is almost
identical. Why? How do we know what clothing he wore during
his service in the temple? This is because God gave specific
instructions on this, as seen in the Bible book of Exodus chapter
A striking part of his clothing is a breastplate
with 12 valuable, precious stones. The names of 12 Israelite
tribes was written on these stones – Exodus 28:15-20.
The turban is also remarkable for the golden plate placed upon
it. According to Exodus 28:36: "And thou shalt make a thin
plate of pure gold, and engrave on it, as the engravings of
a seal, Holiness to Jehovah!" (Darby Translation).
According to the Rabbinic interpretation
of Deuteronomy 6: 8,9, Jewish men had to wear tefillin during
prayer. Tefillin, also called phylacteries, are a pair of black
leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with
biblical verses from the Torah (the written Law). These can
be biblical verses like Deuteronomy 6: 4-9. The writings are
in Hebrew and contain God's name. The head-tefilli is placed
above the forehead, between the eyes, because this is where
the power of reason is. The hand-tefillin are worn wrapped around
the arm, hand and fingers and worn across the heart because
'it is with the heart that one loves the Lord".
DECORATED FRAME and BOOK
God's name can be seen on two other objects.
On this decorated frame....
And on top of this book.