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Subject: The Word
Question: Good morning.

Here is an interesting one. Do you have any information or could you
expound on the relationship between the words: Urim (Hebrew), Aurum
(Latin), Oro (Spanish), Ore, Or (That's the French isn't it). Urim is from
the Bible. Also, I was wondering if these words are related to the
name of the ancient middle eastern place called Ophir (in the Bible
too). I'm thinking that in the Bible when it says ''the Urim...'' that it is
talking about ''the shiny, brilliant, gold-like things'' sort of. Plural of
course because ''im'' in Hebrew makes things plural. Aurora, Aura are
obviously all related.

Thanks a lot.

From: Don
Date: 09-Jan-2013
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