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Protective Sacrifice

November 15th, 2010 No comments

A recent reader, Steven wrote:

… I am intrigued what your conclusions were for the sacrifices, especially the Day of Atonement and its ritual. If the sacrifices were to protect themselves from the “radiation” then why wouldn’t they use the Urim and Thummim instead of approaching the Ark?

Regarding the Day of Atonement, I discuss it briefly in the body of the book, but be sure to read about it in the appendix under Yom Kippur, pp. 353 ff., for my complete explanation.

Your question regarding the use of the Urim and Thummim is a good one. Again, I discuss them in various places in the book. Briefly, these objects were held in the “breastplate of judgement,” worn with the ephod by the High Priest. They are very sparsely mentioned, but I do give my opinion as to their use. read more