Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: URIM AND THUMMIM, 04-22-14
Posted on 04/22/2014 8:44:56 AM PDT by Salvation
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URIM AND THUMMIM
Small objects, possibly stones, mentioned several times in the Old Testament but never described or explained. They were worn on the breast of a religious official, possibly designating his status, as he sought divine help (Exodus 28:30). Some believe that they were sacred lots that would evoke advice or instructions from Yahweh (Leviticus 8:9).
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Only time I heard of them was in the Joe Smith fabulism.
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Leviticus is 8:8 in my Bible;
8 He then set the breastpiece on him, putting the Urim and Thummim* in it.
30In this breastpiece of decisione you shall put the Urim and Thummim,* that they may be over Aarons heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus he shall always bear the decisions for the Israelites over his heart in the presence of the LORD.
Both Leviticus and Exodus have much to say about what one should wear on the outside.....hmmmmm.
I always thought the Urim and Thummim were too reminiscent of the superstition that the Hebrews had tried to escape.
I wondered about superstition too as I posted it. Thanks.
I thought they were the `seer stones’ that Joseph Smith placed inside his hat and with which he translated the golden plates into the Book of Mormon.
Or so we are told by the COJCOLDS.
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