One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Two objects of a now unknown nature, possibly used for divination, worn on the breastplate of a Jewish high priest.
- ‘I looked in, and there indeed did I behold the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate, as stated by the messenger.’
- ‘The Urim and the Tumim, stones that had the ineffable name of Hashem etched upon them, that were to be put in the Choshen of the Kohen Gadol, are not mentioned during the construction.’
- ‘Nevertheless, he showed awareness of the oracular function of the Urim and Thummim and the traditional Christian associations of them with ‘revelation and truth’ and ‘lights and perfection.’’
- ‘With the help of a translating device identified as the Urim and Thummim, part of the priestly vestments briefly mentioned in such Old Testament passages as Exodus 28, Smith set about deciphering the tablets.’
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