What Does It Mean to Cast Lots in the Bible?


When the Bible refers to 'casting lots,' it basically means 'choosing by lottery'. Lots aren't really any specific item that was 'cast' or thrown down. It's just a decision making process that uses random chance - one word for it is 'sortition.' People still cast lots today, but they don't use those words. Instead we say 'drawing straws' or 'rolling dice' and things like that.
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