by lot

Fred Putnam fputnam at
Mon Dec 10 12:37:03 EST 2001

Whenever questions are recorded regarding using either the lot or 
Urim/Thummim the questions were polar--either "yes-no" or "Is this the one?" 
(1 Sam 14.36-42; 23.6-13)--or the narrative allows this interpretation (e.g., 
Achan's guilt, Saul's kingship). This suggests that whatever the physical 
means (a two-sided piece of ?? with one marked side), allotment entailed 
polar elimination or selection.

You could also try ABD or NIDOTTE.

Best wishes,

Frederic Clarke Putnam, Ph.D.
"Dominus illuminatio mea."

Professor of Old Testament
Biblical Theological Seminary
fputnam at
215-368-5000x150 (office & voice-mail)

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