The book illuminates and examines the multifaceted utilizations of lot casting in Jewish tradition from the Bible to the late Renaissance. Lots were used for divination and prognostication, land division and property inheritance, ritualistic purposes, office selections, gambling and recreational purposes.
The first section of the book defines casting of lots as “a naked technique,” which can be interpreted in four different ways: rational, mantic, psychological, and recreational. Thus, it provides a conceptual framework for the analysis of lot casting in Jewish literature.
The second section explores many descriptions of lot casting in Jewish literature and history. By surveying different depictions of lot casting, a vast range of utilizations, interpretations, and disputations regarding the essence of lot casting in Jewish tradition is revealed.