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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature

Forehead

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Marks upon the forehead, for the purpose of distinguishing the holy from the profane, are mentioned in , and again in .

The classical idolaters used to consecrate themselves to particular deities on the same principle. The marks used on these occasions were various. Sometimes they contained the name of the god; sometimes his particular ensign, or else they marked themselves with some mystical number whereby the god was described.

If this analogy be admitted, the mark on the forehead may be taken to be derived from the analogous custom among the heathen of bearing on their forehead the mark of the gods whose votaries they were. Some, however, would rather understand the allusion to refer to the custom of marking cattle, and even slaves, with the sign of ownership.

 

 

 

 


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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Forehead'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/kbe/f/forehead.html.

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