A headband, the most common form of headdress worn in Syria and Palestine in OT times. The Torah enjoins that certain of God’s teachings (Deut 6:8
; Deut 11:18
) and rites commemorating the exodus (Exod 13:16
; cf. v. 9 ) are to “serve as a frontlet on [the] forehead” (Deut 14:1
8Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,
18You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead.
16It shall serve as a sign on your hand and as an emblem on your forehead that by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”
Pagan Practices Forbidden
1You are children of the Lord your God. You must not lacerate yourselves or shave your forelocks for the dead.