This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1850 Excerpt: ... Chap. VI. THE URIM AND THUMMIM. There is much mystery hangs over these appurtenances of the breastplate; but we hope to show that this very mystery serves to explain the typical meaning of these hidden oracles, and to render them more expressive. They were carried inside the bag which was formed by doubling up the linen foundation, upon which the gems of the breastplate were fastened. Hence the breastplate itself, because it contained these miraculous symbols, was called "the breastplate of judgment;" and the phrase is thus explained in the Lord's directions to Eleazar, "He shall ask counsel for him by the judgment "of Urim before the Lord." The most indefatigable search into this question has ended only in a crowd of contending opinions, which proves that it was a secret, on which the Rabbin could find no evidence in their ancient writers, even though some of them, such as Josephus, lived 1800 years ago, and earnestly pursued the subject of Hebrew antiquities. Some have maintained that these sacred mysteries were plates, the one of gold and the other of silver--which furnished a pattern to Astrologers in after ages, from which to make their astrolabes. Others have supposed that they were pieces of parchment on which letters or words were written. Near akin to this opinion is that which explains them as stones, on which were cut the names "Urim" and "Thummim," and perhaps Jahn's view is the best of this class, because it is the most simple. He considers that these stones, three in number, were used as a sacred lot; and that the question, on which judgment was sought, being put in such a form that "yes" or "no" would be a sufficient answer, was determined by the particular stone which the High Priest drew; if no answer were given then was the third stone dra...
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