Small carved or molded figures that function in ornamental or symbolic fashion. The teraphim (Gen 31:19; Gen 31:34; Lev 26:1) are an example. Probably small representations of divinities, they were prized by some as a form of protection in the Greco-Roman world (Acts 19:24) as well as in more ancient Palestine (Jer 10:24).

Gen 31:19

19Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father's household gods.

Gen 31:34

34Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel's saddle, and sat on them. Laban felt all about in the tent, but did not find them.

Lev 26:1

Rewards for Obedience
1You shall make for yourselves no idols and erect no carved images or pillars, and you shall not place figured stones in your land, to wor ... View more

Acts 19:24

24A man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the artisans.

Jer 10:24

24Correct me, O Lord, but in just measure;
not in your anger, or you will bring me to nothing.

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