Bible study 227 – Judges 17: “Micah and Dan 1”

This and the next chapter is a strange story about a guy called Micah (no, not that Micah), and the tribe of Dan getting new lands. I don’t really understand the point or the moral of the story.

Micah steals silver from his mother, but returns it. She has an idol made out of the silver, which Micah puts in his house. He also has his own personal shrine, complete with priests (his son and a wandering Levite) wearing priestly clothing. Needless to say, this guy is breaking every rule in the Book.

Judges 17:5
This man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and teraphim, and installed one of his sons, who became his priest.

Full text.

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This is possibly what an “ephod” looked like. Source.

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