Urim and Thummim

[ yoor-im, oor-; thuhm-im, toom- ]

plural nounJudaism.
  1. 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 by “yes” or “no.” Exodus 28:30.

Origin of Urim and Thummim

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First recorded in 1530–40; partial translation of Hebrew ūrīm wəthummīm, of very uncertain meaning, possibly, “lights and integrity” or “lights and perfections,” equivalent to ūrīm, intensive plural of ūr “a light,” wə- “and,” and tummīm, plural of tōm “truth, perfection”

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Urim and Thummim

/ (ˈjʊərɪm, ˈθʌmɪm) /


noun
  1. Old Testament two objects probably used as oracles and carried in the breastplate of the high priest (Exodus 28:30)

Origin of Urim and Thummim

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C16: from Hebrew

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