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What Is the Meaning of Urim and Thummim?

TitleWhat Is the Meaning of Urim and Thummim?
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1940
AuthorsSperry, Sidney B.
MagazineImprovement Era
Volume43
Issue Number11
Pagination657, 690, 692–693
Date PublishedNovember 1940
KeywordsLanguage - Hebrew; Linguistic Analysis; Linguistics; Translation; Urim and Thummim
Abstract

In this article, Sperry analyzes the Assyrian and Babylonian similarities to the Hebrew Urim and Thummim to find a better translation than the unsatisfactory “lights and perfection.” He concludes that a better translation is “revelations and visions” or “revelations and manifestations.” He speculates on the manner in which the instrument functioned.