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Fourth book of the Hebrew Bible, and the fourth of five books of the Jewish Torah, covering most of the 40 years that Israel spent in the desert.

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Why would Moses have to take a census of all Israelites over 20, if those are the ones never going to make it into Canaan?

Deuteronomy tells us, that from those who started out in Egypt only Joshua and Caleb made it into the promised land. Why are those over 20 counted, who are going to die in the desert anyway? Thanks!
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Is the ram mentioned in Leviticus 16 the same as the one in Numbers 29?

Leviticus 16:3 NASB Aaron shall enter the Holy Place with this: with a [d]bull as a [e]sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering. Numbers 29:2 NASB And you shall offer a burnt offering as a ...
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Plural Hebrew numbers multiple vs. tens [closed]

From what I can see, in order to make a Hebrew number tenfold, you make it plural. שֶׁבַע (H7651) sheh'-bah is the word for seven. שִׁבְעִים (H7657) shib-eem' is seventy. שִׁבְעָתַיִם (H7659) shib-aw-...
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Was the sanctuary not defiled in Leviticus 10:2?

Two sons of Aaron die inside the sanctuary after offering an unholy fire Leviticus 10:2 NASB And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. There ...
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Why was the tabernacle dedication in Numbers 7 set up like that?

The dedication process in Numbers 7 is quite interesting, hence why I'm curious about it. How come it was set up in such a way that all the tribe leaders had to give those items beginning in Numbers 7:...
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If God is all knowing, why does he command Moses to call a census?

In chapter on one the book of Numbers, we read that God commands Moses to take a census: “The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second ...
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Why were there offerings at the end of the Nazirite vow in Numbers 6:13-21?

These set of verses record a ritual for ending a person's Nazirite vow: 13 ‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the ...
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Does numbers 16 showcase the reality of Hell/Sheol?

We read: “And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Separate yourselves from the midst of this community, that I can destroy them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces, and they said, “God, ...
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How do we reconcile Exodus 15:3 with Numbers 23:19?

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 “The Lord is a man of ...
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Did the Sabbath originate in the wilderness per Exodus 16:29?

Exodus 16:29 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out ...
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Israelite naming conventions per Numbers 1:15

I came across this person's name while I was studying Numbers 1:15 and found it so odd they were named as such: "...from Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.” Per Strong's concordance, Ahira means &...
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Were Job's declarations in Job 27 prophetic?

Numbers 23:7: And [Baalam] took up his discourse and said... Job 27:1 (NASB): Job again took up his discourse and said... In Numbers 23, Baalam's oracle was clearly prophetic. Was Job's discourse ...
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Why was Miriam not mourned like Moses and Aaron in Numbers 20:1?

When Miriam dies we are not of Israel mourning for her and the period of mourning. We are just told that she died and was buried there. KJV Numbers 20 : 1 1 Then came the children of Israel, even the ...
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Does ἕκτῃ mean "seventh" as well as in Genesis 2:2? Alpheios says that it means "sixth"

I'm reading the LXX (Septuagint bible) and Alpheios Reading tools say that ἕκτῃ means "sixth" here when it's supposed to be "seventh" (according to the original Hebrew). Can anyone ...
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Why did God tell Moses to scout the land whether it was good or bad in Numbers 13:19?

In Numbers 13 we are told that God had instructed Moses to sent spies to scout the land.One of the instructions was to check whether the land was good or bad. Numbers 13:2,13 ESV The Lord spoke to ...
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Is there an alternate interpretation of God prohibiting Moses from entering the Promised Land? [closed]

It is commonly believed that God prohibited Moses from entering the Promised Land because of "striking the rock" instead of "speaking to it." And, indeed, that is the way Scripture ...
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Which sea was Moses alluding to in Numbers 11:22?

Numbers 11: 21But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22Would they have enough if flocks and herds were ...
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Were Israelite Sukkot סֻּכּ֗וֹת “Booths” in Leviticus 23:42-43 simply Ohalim אֹהָלִים “Tents”? - based on Balaam’s observations in Numbers 24:5?

When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel dwelling according to its tribes, and the spirit of God rested upon him - Did God confirm through Balaam that Sukkot were good “Tents”? [Bamidbar | Numbers ...
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(Numbers 31:18), why do translators add "for yourselves"?

Why do English translations of Numbers 31:18 add "for yourselves"? English: "But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." ...
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How to reconcile Matthew 5:19 and Matthew 5:34 and Numbers 30:2 on the issue of swearing oaths?

Numbers 30: 2 If a man makes a vow to the LORD or swears an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word; he must do everything he has promised. Matthew 5: 33“Again, you have ...
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Is it an evil spirit (Numbers 5:14)?

Numbers 5:14 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not ...
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Numbers 27:18 the Spirit already in Joshua before Moses laid his hand on him?

Numbers 27:18 New International Version: So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. Berean Study Bible: And the LORD ...
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In Numbers 15:34, Why was a מִשְׁמָר Guard allowed to work on the Sabbath Day?

While בַּמִּדְבָּ֑ר In-the-Desert [Bamidbar] or "Numbers" chapter 15 verses 33-34, we notice Guards are permitted to work (provide security) on the Sabbath. "[34] They put him under-...
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How do you reconcile Deuteronomy 24:16 and Numbers 14:18?

Deuteronomy 24:16 Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin. Numbers 14:18 The LORD is slow to anger, ...
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We are told about "Nephilim" in Num. 13:32-33. Why might some interpret them as inhuman (Gen. 6:4)?

In the Book of Numbers, we read about the "sons of Anak being part of the Nephilim." These were "men of great size" as described in the text (13:32): Numbers 13:32-33: "So ...
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Was it a theophany in Numbers 22:25?

Numbers 22:25 New International Version When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again. Did the donkey see a ...
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Why did half the tribe of Manasseh also get land on the east side of the Jordan?

The half of the tribe of Manasseh, along with Reuben and Gad, had their territory assigned them by Moses on the east of the Jordan (Numbers 33), but this was done after only Reuben and Gad had asked ...
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What law was broken to have stoning called upon in Numbers 14:10?

In reply or response to the people of Israel complaining that they'd rather go back to Egypt and not go into the promised land because they had seen that the inhabitants were bigger than they were, ...
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Did Israel return to Mount Hor after destroying the king of Arad in the Negev in Numbers 21?

It is said they set out of Kadesh and came to Mount Hor were Aaron died Numbers 20:22 NLT 22 The whole community of Israel left Kadesh and arrived at Mount Hor. 23 There, on the border of the land of ...
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Did the second census in Numbers 26:29,44 include women?

In the following texts it seems some women were also mentioned among clans of Israel in the second census Numbers 26:29 NKJV 33 Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters; and the ...
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Numbers 22:20 - "Since" or "if"?

Lots of translations translate Numbers 22:20 as: That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them, but you must only do what I tell you.” ...
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Did Jesus become unclean in Matthew 9:25?

Numbers 19:11 Whoever touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days. Matthew 9: 23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes,...
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Why did God order that women were to be kept alive in Numbers 31:15-18, my Atheist friend told me that it’s referring to sex slavery is that true?

15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? 16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor,...
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How would Christians answer Dan Barker? [closed]

Yesterday I came across an article by Dan Barker titled: "the top 10 worst Old Testament verses" in his article Mr. Barker, an Evangelical turned Atheist quoted many verses to prove his ...
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Are Moses (Numbers 11:29) and Paul (1 Corinthians 14:5) talking about the same type of prophecies?

Numbers 11:29 (YLT): 29 And Moses saith to him, `Art thou zealous for me? O that all Jehovah's people were prophets! that Jehovah would put His Spirit upon them!' 1 Corinthians 14:5 (YLT): 5 and I ...
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Was faith required to be healed in Numbers 21:8?

Numbers 21: 8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was ...
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Was the woman not further charged with adultery after having been proved to be impure in Number 5:27?

Numbers 5:27 NIV . 27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, ...
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At which point did God try to destroy the Israelites whilst they were in Egypt as alluded in Ezekiel 20:8?

Ezekiel 20:8 NIV 8 “‘But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me; they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. So I said I ...
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Did the Israelites spend 40 or 41 years in the wilderness?

The Book of Numbers begins the year after the Israelites left Egypt. Most of that year has been spent at Mt. Sinai: "Numbers 1:1 The LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent ...
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Is Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac also a prefiguration of the law for redeeming firstborn sons from God?

Every firstborn son belongs to God and must be redeemed. This law is repeated several times in the Pentateuch. For example: Ex 13:11-13: 11 “This is what you must do when the Lord fulfills the ...
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In the suspected case of an unfaithful wife (Numbers 5:11-31) why is the husband not punished?

In the suspected case of unfaithful wife 'the husband is said to be innocent' even after the wife have been proved to be innocent after under going the test. Numbers 5:11-15 NIV 11 Then the Lord said ...
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Did the Ark switch positions with the standard of Judah in Numbers 10:33?

According to the earlier narrative(Numbers 10:14-25) the order of setting out of the tribes of Israel was arranged this way: 1)Standard of Judah 2)Gershonites and Merarites-carried Tabernacle 3)...
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Why were Eldad and Medad not rebuked for remaining in the camp contrary to Moses' instructions (Num. 11:24-26)?

In the Book of Numbers we read about Moses and the seventy elders of Israel gathering before the LORD, all of whom prophesied as a result of the Spirit: Numbers 11:24-26: "So Moses went out and ...
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Did Hobab leave Moses in Numbers 10:29-31?

Numbers 10:29-31 NIV 29 Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and ...
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Does Ezekiel 7:10 allude to Numbers 17:8?

Ezekiel 7:10 New International Version "'See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed! Numbers 17:8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow ...
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Is Psalm 106:14-15 referring to general overall quasi-collective summarization of Israelites numerous quarrels with God Or is it more specific?

I might be just asking the obvious or maybe I'm just being unnecessarily nit-picky but which plague among the Israelites is Psalm 106:14-15 discussing about? The surrounding scripture verses (Psalm ...
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What is the significance of the blue cloth mentioned in Numbers chapter 4? [duplicate]

Numbers 4: 5-12 describes the procedures to be undertaken before the Tent of Meeting could be moved. The first mention of the ark of the testimony is in Exodus 25:10. I realise these most holy items ...
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In Numbers 30:15 - Does the Husband become "sinful" when revoking His wife's prohibitions?

In [Numbers 30], a punishment appears to be enforced upon an Israeli Husband who revokes his wife's vows to God. The Torah offers a merciful condition for a wife whose prohibitions [vows to God for ...
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Wouldn't a relative of Naboth inherit his vineyard after he dies?

Numbers 27:8“Say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and leaves no son, give his inheritance to his daughter. 9If he has no daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10If he has no brothers, give ...
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How to reconcile Philippians 2:5-8 with Numbers 23:19 and Hosea 11:9?

Philippians 2:5-8 is commonly interpreted by many as a description of the incarnation of Jesus: 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of ...
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