Dictionary definitions of idolatry speak of religious worship of physical idols or excessive reverence or devotion to something. In biblical terms, idolatry is worship of anything other than God. Colossians 3:5 links idolatry with covetousness; when we want something so much that we covet it, the thing has become an idol. We seek it rather than God.
God instructed His people, “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:3-5a). Many of the Old Testament commands against idolatry refer specifically to physical idols, such as those that would have been present in the pagan nations surrounding the Israelites.
Behaviour considered idolatrous or potentially idolatrous may include the creation of any type of image of the deity, or of other figures of religious significance such as prophets, saints, and clergy, the creation of images of any person or animal at all, and the use of religious symbols, or secular ones.
Jewish star on the US Dollar.
Malachim was an alphabet published by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century. It is derived from Hebrew and Greek. Other alphabets with a similar origin are Celestial Alphabet and Transitus Fluvii.
“Malachim” is a plural form from Hebrew (מלאך, mal’ach), and means “angels” or “messengers”.