Urim and Thummim

Urim and Thummim
noun plural Etymology: part translation of Hebrew ūrīm wĕthummīm Date: 1537 sacred lots used in early times by the Hebrews

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  • Urim and Thummim — • The sacred lot by means of which the ancient Hebrews were wont to seek manifestations of the Divine will Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Urim and Thummim     Urim and Thummim …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Urim and Thummim — [yoor′im and thum′im] n. [Heb ūrīm b tummīm] Bible certain unidentified objects on the breastplate of the high priest: Ex. 28:30 …   English World dictionary

  • Urim and Thummim — In ancient Israelite religion and culture, Urim and Thummim (] , the question is one which is effectively answered by a simple yes or no [ibid] ; a number of scholars believe that the two exceptions to this pattern, which give more complex… …   Wikipedia

  • Urim and Thummim — noun a) The sacred devices (not always physical) used for casting lots <!Clarification please? […] / Should kings and nations from thy mouth consult, / Thy counsel would be as the oracle / Urim and Thummim, those oraculous gems / On Aaron’s… …   Wiktionary

  • Urim and Thummim (Latter Day Saints) — In the Latter Day Saint movement, the Urim and Thummim (also called Interpreters) were a set of seer stones bound by silver bows into a set of spectacles, that founder Joseph Smith, Jr. said he found on the hill Cumorah with the golden plates.In… …   Wikipedia

  • Urim and Thummim — U•rim and Thum•mim [[t]ˈyʊər ɪm, ˈʊər ; ˈθʌm ɪm, ˈtʊm [/t]] n. pl. jud objects worn in the breastplate of the Jewish high priest and used, perhaps like lots, to determine God s will. Ex. 28:30 • Etymology: 1530–40; partial trans. of Heb ūrīm… …   From formal English to slang

  • Urim and Thummim — /yoor im, oor ; thum im, toom /, Judaism. objects, possibly made of metal or precious stones and inscribed with symbols, worn in the breastplate of the high priest and used, perhaps like lots, to determine God s response to a question answerable… …   Universalium

  • Urim and Thummim — A means by which leaders of the Israelites believed they could receive divine guidance (Deut. 33:8). They had disappeared from use by the time of the Exile. They may have been objects such as pebbles, or two stones (one white, one black) held by… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • URIM AND THUMMIM —    two ornaments attached to the breastplate of the Jewish high priest which, when consulted by him, at times gave mysteriously oracular responses …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Urim and Thummim — noun lots thrown to determine God s answers to yes no questions • Hypernyms: ↑answer …   Useful english dictionary

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