Urim-and-thummim Sentence Examples
It was a very richly decorated object of coloured threads interwoven with gold, worn outside the luxurious mantle or robe; it was kept in place by a girdle, and by shoulder-pieces (?), to which were attached brooches of onyx (fastened to the robe) and golden rings from which hung the "breastplate" (or rather pouch) containing the sacred lots, Urim and Thummim.
From this illuminating passage it is clear (a) that by means of the Urim and Thummim the guilt or innocence of the suspected parties was determined; (b) that this was effected by a series of categorical questions implying the simple alternative of "yes" or "no," or something positive or negative.
Regarding the form and material of the Urim and Thummim ' Encycl, Biblica, iv.
Thus the association of the Urim and Thummim with the ephod, which appears in the oldest narratives, is retained in the Priestly Code (P).
It is doubtful, however, whether P had any clear notion as to what exactly the Urim and Thummim were.Advertisement
Nor has any satisfactory explanation of the names Urim and Thummim been proposed.
Perhaps the conjecture least open to objection is that which regards the terms Urim and Thummim as the names of two lots 2 (perhaps actually written on them) of opposite import.
Muss-Arnolt, The Urim and Thummim (reprinted from the American Journal of Semitic Languages, July 1900).