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No it wasn't. It was a fabrication on your part if you are attributing it to me or anything I said.
That's not what I said or meant, but I'll drop it because I have no interest in allowing you to draw it further off-topic.
One box(instead of two) of the wrong material and no leather wrap are major differences. There are important reasons for those things to be present. Trying to minimize something like this in order to be right on the internet is not a good look for you.
Uh, you can't talk about "one box (instead of two)" when you excuse Gygax of the mistake in the next paragraph. And while there are absolutely differences, that doesn't make it any less reference to a phylactery, not the least of which the fact that it is called a phylactery. It's similarities are much more important because of this.
I'll show you then.
1e DMG: "Phylactery- An arm wrapping with a container holding religious writings, thus a form of amulet or charm." It's an arm wrapping with a container that holds religious writings, rather than arcane writing like 3e has. Gygax only has 1 box, not two, but that's likely an oversight on his part, because he wasn't Jewish.
2e DMG: The 2e DMG doesn't have the glossary with the phylactery like the 1e DMG above, but all the magical phylacteries are word for word the same as the 1e DMG and the phylactery of monstrous attention says, "While this arm wrapping appears to be a beneficial device, it actually draws the attention of supernatural creatures of exactly the opposite alignment of the priest wearing it."
2e didn't change what a phylactery was. 3e was where the change happened.
There is no need if to be called a phylactery, and there is no need for it to change. No good reason has been given for such a change.
I'm sorry, but you're wrong: in both 1E and 2E, a lich's phylactery are never described as such. You are describing a regular phylactery, which is indeed in the DMG (and also present in 3E).
However, when describing a Lich's Phylactery, it has always been more variable. From Dragon Magazine #26, the first article on liches:
"Preparation for Lichdom occurs while the figure is still alive and must be completed before his first “death.” If he dies somewhere along the line and is resurrected, then he must start all over again. The lich needs these spells. Magic Jar, Trap the Soul, and Enchant an Item, plus a special potion and something to “jar” into.
The item into which the lich will “jar” is prepared by having Enchant an Item cast upon it. The item cannot be of the common variety, but must be of high quality, solid, and of at least 2,000 g.p. in value. The item must make a saving throw as if it were the person casting the spell. (A cleric would have to have the spell Enchant an Item and Magic Jar thrown for him and it is the contracted magic user’s level that would be used for the saving throw.) The item can contain prior magics, but wooden items are not acceptable"
There's very little reference to a tefillin in that, which makes sense given that they don't even reference the word "phylactery". For 2E, Van Richten's Guide to the Lich describes it as such:
"The phylactery usually is a small boxlike amulet made of common materials, highly crafted. Lead or any other black or dark-gray colored material is frequently used. Inspection of the amulet may reveal various arcane symbols carved into the interior walls of the box, and those grooves are filled with silver as pure as the mage can find. These amulets are never made of wood, and rarely of steel. Brightly colored metals, such as gold, are infrequently used."
That's starting to take a similar vibe to a tefillin, but lacks the parchment. The 3E one becomes even more direct, given that it actually talks about putting strips of parchment inside it. Again, those are very direct references given that the item itself is called a phylactery.