🔼The name Urim: Summary
- Lights, Flames
- From the verb אור ('or), to be or give light; to shine.
🔼The name Urim in the Bible
The Urim is one of two enigmatic items that were placed in the breastplate of the high priest, the other one being the Thummim (Exodus 28:30). We don't know what they were or what they were made of but the Urim and the Thummim were somehow used to consult God (Numbers 27:21, 1 Samuel 28:6).
🔼Etymology of the name Urim
The word Urim comes from the verb אור ('or), meaning to be light or to shine:
The verb אור ('or) means to be light or to give light; to shine. This verb's primary derivative is the expectable noun אור ('or), meaning light. The 'metaphor' that relates light to wisdom may not be a metaphor, or at least not to the ancients. In our article on the verb נהר (nahar), meaning both to flow and to shine, we show that the ancients had a surprisingly solid grasp of Relativity Theory.
Urim is a regular plural and means Lights or Flames.