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Holman Bible Dictionary

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(meh zyoo' zah) Hebrew term for doorpost. Ancient doors pivoted on posts set in sockets. The blood of the passover lamb was to be applied to door posts (Exodus 12:7,Exodus 12:22-23). At the beginning of the new year blood was to be applied to the doorposts of the temple to make atonement for it (Ezekiel 45:19). The command to write the words of the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Deuteronomy 11:13-21) on the doorposts of one's home, like the command to write them on one's heart (Deuteronomy 6:6), is a challenge to always remember that love of God is central to faith. At a later time, these commands were understood literally. Today Mezuzah refers to small scrolls inscribed with Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Deuteronomy 11:13-21 placed in a container attached to the door jambs of some Jewish homes.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'MEZUZAH'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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